Zoning ordinances are regulations for land use within cities and counties. State and Federal governments do not usually engage in land use regulations, but cities and counties would use zoning ordinances for land use regulations. Certain zones that may be regulated are:
The local government places zoning ordinances in order to enforce a type of restriction on landowners. Homeowners and property owners may be protected from zoning ordinances by petitioning the regulations and obtaining a variance to the existing zoning law.
There are two common legal devices to obtain relief from zoning ordinances, Variances and Amendments/Rezoning:
You may be able to avoid zoning law troubles by doing prior research prior to doing business in an area that has been zoned or buying property to obtain the knowledge that you will legally be able to do business in that area or construct a house in a special way.
Also, if you are planning to operate a business in a certain area, first study the surrounding areas to find out whether there are existing zoning laws that regulate the specific business or activities that you are intended in doing. Depending on your area, you might be subject to specific zoning laws that regulate parking, noise, air quality, visual appearance, business signs.
If you have questions or a potential legal matter involving zoning, the advice of a real property attorney can be extremely helpful. An experienced real property lawyer can help you decide the strength of your potential case, and can explain some of the complex legal ideas behind zoning.
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