Zoning is a land planning process used by local governments that determines the way the land is allowed to be used. Land throughout any given area can have a number of restrictions, such as limits on building height or the types of businesses allowed to be built. Most zoning restrictions are put in place to protect the wellbeing of the public.
The following is a list of the most common types of zoning found throughout the United States:
Residential zoning is used for Single Family Residences (SFR), Suburban Homesteads (SH) and more, covering the scope of homes, apartments, duplexes, trailer parks and condos. If you are interested in using a property located in a residential zone for other purposes, such as home businesses, daycares or churches, you will need to apply for a variance.
Commercial zoning applies to almost every other property that isn’t classified as residential, such as office buildings, hotels and shopping centers. Commercial zoning can include regulations, such as setting a required distance between certain types of businesses.
Industrial zoning is used for manufacturing and warehouse operations. The amount of lot coverage and building height are the big factors usually taken into consideration when designing industrial zoning regulations.
Buildings over at least 50 years old may have some historical value and are typically regulated under historic zoning. Buildings in historic zones must adhere to regulations that prevent alteration to their structures, although repair and restoration is taken into consideration.
When buying land, it’s important to learn about the zoning regulations on the properties you’re interested in. Doing some research ahead of time will allow you to discover whether or not you will be able to lawfully use the property to meets your needs. If you are interested in buying land, visit AllAcres.com to browse listings of affordable property in your desired area. Call AllAcres at (855) 227-3741 or contact us online for any questions on selling or buying land.