If you are looking around for a new property for your business, you are probably looking for a few specific things that will make it the ideal fit. One thing that you cannot forget to consider is how it is affected by land use and zoning laws. Agreeing to buy or lease a property and then later finding out that you cannot even make proper use of it can cause a major financial headache, so it might be wise to have a Long Island, NY real estate closing lawyer on your side.
Lawyers from our firm are more familiar with the local zoning laws than you are. We can also help you with any other issues that arise during your real estate transaction.
What is Zoning?
Zoning essentially tells you how a piece of land can be used. They are generally made at a city or county level, rather than state or federal. So if you plan to buy or lease a property, it is important to know how zoning laws affect it. It is entirely possible that a building is not zoned for what you plan to do.
What Are the Types of Zoning?
The exact types of zoning can vary based on where you are in the state, but there are some more general types of land use laws and regulations that we can keep in mind. Buildings are generally zoned to be:
Residential: Zoning laws can designate certain types of properties as residential. This classification can apply to single-family homes, apartment buildings, duplexes, trailer parks, condominiums, and just about any other type of dwelling you can think of. There are often rules about how you can conduct business on a property that is zoned as a residence, even if you have a business that can safely be run out of a home.
Commercial: There are often a few different types of zoning categories under the broader commercial designation, but owners of a commercial building or someone leasing space there are generally allowed to run all types of businesses. There may be more specific land use or zoning regulations to be aware of based on the particular nature of their industry and what they do though.
Industrial: A building or property zoned for industrial use is likely to have its own set of rules based on which kinds of businesses are operating there. There could even be more specific regulations, like whether or not oil can be used to build products at a manufacturing plant.
Why Have Zoning Regulations?
Zoning regulations are designed to keep some types of properties separate from others. In most cases, the hope is that such regulations can help cities look more uniform while giving them more room to grow. You also avoid having oddly placed buildings, like a giant factory right in the middle of a suburban neighborhood.
Talk to an Experienced Commercial Real Estate Lawyer
If you have more questions about zoning regulations and how they could affect your real estate lease or purchase, contact David A. Gallo & Associates LLP. We can help you ensure that a property is a good match for your business.