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Examples of zoning regulations

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There are typically three different zoning categories including residential, commercial and industrial, and mixed use in some instances, that property owners should be familiar with. Carefully understanding the different types of zoning regulations and how they can impact property is beneficial information to have.

Residential zoning

Residential zoning includes:

  • Single family residences;
  • Suburban homesteads or housing;
  • Other designations including homes, apartments, duplexes, trailer parks, co-ops and condominiums.

Commercial zoning

Commercial zoning includes:

  • Office buildings;
  • Shopping centers;
  • Nightclubs;
  • Hotels;
  • Warehouses; and
  • Some apartment complexes in mixed-use settings, as well as vacant land that has the potential for development into these types of building.

Industrial zoning

Industrial zoning can be specific to business type. Environmental factors, noise concerns and industrial use impact the determination of what industrial zone a business falls into. As examples, manufacturing plants and storage facilities are industrially zoned and services such as airports may have their own zoning designation. The ratio of the land to the area covered by the buildings on the lot, along with building height, can impact zoning designations.

Other categories of zoning can include historical, home business, rural and agricultural. It is important to know where a business or property falls when operating or purchasing one. Zoning regulations can impact the use and value of property. There are also ways to object to zoning regulations in some circumstances. Property owners should be as familiar with the ins and outs of zoning regulations as they can be because of the significance of them and also with how real estate law can help.