Land Use and Zoning Basics

Land use and zoning refers to the regulation of use and development of real estate. Land-use regulation is not restricted to guiding the use of existing buildings, rather it is designed to guide future development. The basic purpose of zoning is to divide land into three different districts or zones, residential, commercial, or industrial. Within each of these three zones, there can be specific restrictions specific to the zoning laws including:

  • Location of utility lines
  • Size and height of buildings
  • Number of rooms
  • Specific requirements such as the type of building that’s allowed
  • Restrictions on accessory buildings
  • Minimum lot area
  • Off-street parking
  • Single family or multi-family homes

If you’re a business owner, it’s important to know a few things about the zone your building is in. These things include:

  • What zone your business is in
  • Whether a business is allowed in this zone
  • What the building requirements are
  • What the signage requirements are


Owning a business can be overwhelming. It can be even more overwhelming to know the ins and outs of land use and zoning laws. If you find that you’re needing guidance with any land use or zoning laws, our experienced attorneys can help you with any questions you have. To schedule your appointment with an attorney who specializes in land use and zoning laws, please give us a call at 435-752-2610.


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