Commercial zoning refers to the laws that regulate the activities that a business can do in a particular area, or zone. In addition to commercial zones, cities and towns usually have residential, industrial, and agricultural zones.
Some property types that may open in commercially zoned areas include restaurants, hotels, offices, and shops. If you plan on starting one of these types of businesses in the near future, here are some things to know about commercial zoning.
Zoning regulates which businesses may open
In some cities, commercial zoning not only regulates whether or not commercial entities can open in an area, but which types of businesses can share the space. For example, in Maricopa County, Arizona, there are different zoning districts for small retail shops than there are for businesses offering a professional service.
Zoning may regulate landscaping
If you are opening a business, consider hiring a landscaper if you buy in an area that regulates greenery. For instance, some zoning ordinances require that commercial properties have a certain amount of green space in their parking lots.
Zoning requires meeting ADA code
The majority of new construction requires that businesses conform to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These standards include constructing the building to reasonably fit the needs of all people, including having accessible entrances, restrooms, and parking. There may be less strict standards depending on the year of completion of your building.
Being aware of the commercial zoning laws in your area allows you to plan ahead and save time down the road.