Real estate zoning is a system of local regulations that are designed to control the development and use of land within a particular area. This system of regulations may include rules about the size and height of buildings, the types of businesses that can locate in an area, and other restrictions that are designed to protect the character of the neighborhood or community. Zoning is typically administered by local governments, such as city councils or county boards.
A use permit is a legal document issued by a local government that allows a property owner to use their property in a manner that is not otherwise allowed by zoning regulations. For example, if a zoning regulation limits the size of buildings in a residential area, a use permit might be issued to allow a property owner to build a larger building than is otherwise allowed. Similarly, if a zoning regulation prohibits certain businesses from operating in an area, a use permit may be issued to allow the business to locate in the area.
A use permit allows a property owner to use their property in a way that is not otherwise allowed by the local zoning regulations. In most cases, obtaining a use permit requires the property owner to submit an application to the local government that includes information about the proposed use of the property, such as the type of business that will be located there or the size of the building that will be built. The local government will then review the application and decide whether or not to approve the use permit.
When a use permit is issued, it is typically valid for a specific period of time, such as one or two years. During this time, the property owner is allowed to use the property in the manner specified by the use permit. After the permit expires, the property owner may need to reapply for a new permit if they wish to continue using the property in the same manner.
Real estate zoning and use permits are key tools for local governments to control the development and use of land within their jurisdiction. The regulations and permits provide local governments with an effective way to protect the character and quality of life in their communities.