Zoning is the set of regulations used to manage property and construction and how they can be used or changed. You need to understand zoning before starting a construction or remodeling project. Here are three important things you need to know about zoning.
1. Zoning Ordinances Vary by Jurisdiction
The federal government doesn’t oversee zoning ordinances or governance. That falls to local governments and organizations, which means requirements and ordinances may vary widely between jurisdictions. For example, it may be easier to change the zoning of a plot of land from single-family or apartment buildings housing to missing middle housing in some jurisdictions than it is in others. Check whether your county or city government controls your zoning laws and whether there is a land use or zoning office you can contact.
2. You Need To Be Aware of Zoning Laws
Anyone who manages or works on a construction or remodeling project needs to be aware of zoning laws. These laws dictate what a building or a piece of land may be used and how you can modify it. For example, construction projects may be more restricted in residential areas than in commercial ones. Being aware of zoning laws ensures you follow them properly and avoid violating them.
3. Some Special Zoning Considerations Exist
In some cases, the governing body needs to update or change laws to adjust zoning ordinances. In others, you may be able to take advantage of a special consideration. Special zoning considerations are variances or exceptions that you can apply for. If your application is approved, you will be allowed to do something with your property that is not typically allowed according to its zoning designation.
There are several zoning classifications. Your first step is to determine which classification your project falls under. Then, you can make sure your project falls within your jurisdiction’s zoning regulations.