When you buy a piece of property in Florida, you probably already know what you want to do with it. Perhaps you purchased a home to live in or a lot on which you want to build a home, or maybe you bought land or an existing structure from which to run your business. No matter what you have planned, you would be wise to check zoning laws before you proceed.
Zoning laws affect how a person can use his or her property. For example, zoning restrictions prevent a person from building a home in the middle of an industrial area. Understanding the zoning designation for your property and what that means for you is an important step, even before you purchase the property. In some cases, it is necessary to seek legal help regarding disputes, confusion or misunderstandings over zoning laws.
What different zones mean
Zoning can hinder how you want to use your land. Legal issues surrounding land use can be complex, and property owners have the right to fight for a beneficial outcome. If you have specific plans for how you want to use your land or the structure you purchased, it can help to understand the following about the types of zones and what they mean for you:
- Commercial – In a commercial zone, structures have to be used for commercial purposes. This includes structures such as hotels, businesses, restaurants and more.
- Residential – In a residential property zone, structures must be for residential purposes, such as single-family homes, apartments and condos. There can also be restrictions on what types of animals can be in residential zones, such as backyard chickens.
- Industrial – In an industrial zone, a structure must be for industrial purposes, such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities and more.
These are just a few examples of the types of zones. Others include agricultural, rural zoning and more. In some cases, the zoning classification is actually a combination of a few different types.
What does this mean for you?
Zoning laws make it important for prospective and current homebuyers to do their homework before moving forward with a major decision or making a significant financial investment.
If there is reason to challenge the current zoning designation or you believe the local government could change the zoning of property you already own, you may find great benefit in reaching out for legal guidance. A land use and zoning attorney can help you understand the legal options you have and explain how you can protect your interests.