Zoning Planning & Land Use

Zoning is a system of land use regulation exercised by local governments and is sometimes referred to as zoning planning. Zoning regulations govern the types of activities that are acceptable on particular lots, as well as the height of buildings, and the amount of parking which must be provided; although most zoning law systems have procedures for granting variances. Zoning regulation and zoning ordinance falls under the police power rights that the local governments may exercise over real property. Please read on to find a zoning attorney, zoning lawyer, or learn more about zoning.

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Licenses and Permits: Zoning
Do a thorough investigation of the zoning laws in your community before you start or buy a small business. Typically, zoning restricts land by type of use, height of the structures on the property and position of the structures on the property.
Zoning and Manufacturing Businesses
Zoning regulates the location and uses of land. Industrial zoning is a category of property zoning that designates property to be used for industrial purposes. Industrial zoning allows manufacturing, research and development purposes, factory office and warehouse space and industrial parks.
Zoning and Your Retail Business
Before starting or buying a retail business understand the zoning laws in the area where the business is located. These laws define and restrict how you can use property, and so they can make or break your plans.
Zoning and Junkyards
Zoning regulates the location and uses of land. Junkyards are sometimes banned from residential, commercial and industrial zones. By adopting a zoning ordinance a municipality can limit junkyards to specific areas of the community.
Zoning: Gas Stations, Parking Lots & Garages
If you are planning on buying or building a gas station, parking lot or garage then you will want to research your city's zoning laws to make sure that the business is in compliance. Gasoline stations, commercial garages and parking lots are sometimes banned from residential and commercial zones.

Ask a Lawyer - Zoning Planning & Land Use Law questions answered by leading lawyers
How do I obtain the mineral rights on property to be purchased that does NOT include same??
I wish to prevent drilling of any kind on my to-be-purchased 300 acre ranch, I also wish to install a geo-thermal system and understand that I cannot because I do not own the mineral rights.
Who is responsible for sewer line maintenane on a shared sewer line?
Property A has a sewer line which connects to Property B's line on the way to the main. There is no easement of record and the owner of property B was not informed of this condition prior to purchase. The shared line on property B has required routine maintenance and one major repair. Property A's owner disclaims any financial responsibility. What is Property B owner's legal right. Location: Englewood, CO, Arapahoe County.
What is the responsibility for rockfall from common property onto personal property?
We are one of 100 owners of 1 acre lots on a 940 acre ranch in Colorado with 840 acres of common area. We are planning to build on our lot but there is a strong potential for rockfall originating above our property which is common property within the ranch area. What responsibility does the HOA have to mitigate this rockfall potential?
Adopting new covenants
We are a "Neighborhood Association" not governed by CCIOA in Park County, CO. We are in the process of adopting new covenants to replace the old ones that will expire soon. Do all 28 lot owners need to sign on to the new covenants for them to be legal and if not how do we establish covenants with less that 100% support?
Is a use variance required?
Is a use variance required if a house in a residential zone that has been used as a law office for several years, (and assessed by the township as a commercial property for that period) is converted back to its original use as a single family residence?
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