Jump to Navigation

How could zoning laws affect my business?

If you are planning on starting a business in Florida, it is important to do research on a variety of topics. For example, as we previously covered in a post on this blog, there are a number of factors to consider before signing a commercial property lease. Among these factors are zoning laws.

The intent of zoning is to control the manner in which businesses use properties. So, how could zoning laws affect your business? Well, for one thing, local government agencies typically stipulate that only specific types of businesses may operate within certain areas or zones.

For example, a property may be used for manufacturing if it is within an industrial zone, while offices and retail stores may operate within a commercial zone. This is why, prior to signing a commercial property lease, you want to educate yourself on the zoning ordinances of the area in which the property is located.

One important thing to find out is if the prior tenant had a special permit known as a "variance." A variance is an exemption that allows a tenant to utilize a property in a way normally forbidden by zoning ordinances. Just because the prior tenant had a variance does not mean you will be granted one upon taking over the property. Therefore, you could face problems if you need that same variance to operate your business.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to help avoid being hampered by zoning ordinances. For instance, you can request a variance from the appropriate local government agency.

It is also possible to engage the services of a Florida commercial real estate attorney. An attorney may be able to carefully go over a lease agreement to make sure it meets your needs.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Subscribe to This Blog's Feed

Contact Form

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Warren Gammill & Associates

Suite 400, Courthouse Plaza
28 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130

Phone: 305-579-0000
Fax: 305-371-6927

AV LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability