Understanding zoning laws can be a tricky process, and can slow your project down. Keep reading to learn how to understand and work with zone planning maps.

Do you know what zoning regulations are?

Even though this term might not be familiar to you it might be useful if you want to understand planning maps. It's also useful to help resolve conflicts with your neighbors or to choose where to locate your business.

No matter where you live, you'll have to deal with government regulations before choosing where to locate your building of choice.

Zone planning maps are designed to protect the citizens and separate industrial areas, residential area, and agricultural areas in order to keep homeowners happy.

If you want to start a business, make sure you understand what your rights are and what the laws are regarding where you can build and what you can build.

We crafted a small guide to help you understand planning maps and zoning regulations.

The purpose of planning maps and zoning regulations

If you look around you, you'll notice that homeowners who live in residential areas don’t have many businesses around them. This is because of zoning regulations.

To protect homeowners from noise thanks to cars coming and going all day and night, zoning regulations are applied.

But there are areas where you can start a business that involves a lot of noise, traffic, or advertising signs all over the place.

Planning maps and regulations aren’t negative measures. They protect you from noisy and pollutant businesses and factories.

The types of businesses are the most affected by zoning

Chances are, if you have a small jewelry store that doesn’t attract at a lot of noisy customers, you will probably get away with it.

However, there are some regulations that apply to all businesses.

If you want to establish your business within a residential area, you'll have to use as little advertising signs as possible. Also, make sure your parking lot is not too big.

The percentage of your building dedicated to you business matters too, as well as the number of workers you have and the jobs they do.

Also, the use of explosive materials or chemicals is forbidden. Furthermore, so are noisy spaces, odors, and smoke.
If you believe your home-based business won’t break any of these regulations, there are a few things you can do about it.

Prove your business won't disturb anyone 

If you believe that your business is compliant with the regulations, you can request a variance or fight against the city call.

The first method requires filling out a form. The second method is more aggressive and includes filing a lawsuit.

Final words

You may have been granted the right to start a home based business or a business in an area that is not dedicated to businesses. However, there are still some regulations you need to follow. 

You have to make sure that there is enough space between your building and the buildings around you.

Also, ensure that the height of your building is compliant too.

If you want to find out more about planning maps and regulations, as well as real estate and architectural design trends, don't hesitate to take a look at our blog

You can also contact us if you have any questions. 


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