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Zoning matters when you want to run a business

If you're interested in purchasing a property for your business, one of the things you need to be certain of is which type of zoning the property falls under. If you want a business, an area zoned for single-family homes and residences won't help you. The same is true if you're interested in living in a property but purchase a property zoned only for commercial use.

Zoning matters, because only the category listed is able to occupy a zoned area. Zoning laws also regulate what a building's design is like. For example, they might state how far away the building has to be from the street or how tall the building may be.

Before you purchase a property, you should make sure it is zoned correctly. Even if the person using the property had used it commercially in the past, that doesn't mean he ro she was doing so legally. If you're planning to lease, ask that the lease is only binding as long as the building has approved zoning. Additionally, if the current owner has a variance, that may not apply to you and could result in you purchasing a property that may no longer be used for its previous purpose.

Zoning makes all the difference when you're planning to create a business. Your attorney can help you be certain that you're signing a contract that is in your benefit and provides you with the kind of real estate you need for your business. In some situations, you may be able to negotiate or apply for different zoning in an area to support your business' development.

Source: FindLaw, "Commercial Zoning," accessed Aug. 16, 2017

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