Is it difficult to change the zoning of a property?
Changing zoning can be difficult and costly because there are no standard zoning laws. Every city, every town, and every county can make up their own unique rules and processes. If you’re looking to rezone, here’s where to start.
Where can I find out what my property is zoned for?
You will find information about zoning ordinances there. Also, you can go to your local office of planning and building in person and request a zoning map for the area. This will let you see how the property is zoned.
What can I do about a zoning violation?
The first step in a zoning enforcement action is usually the issuance of a citation. These citations are generally served on a property owner for an alleged violation of the applicable zoning code.
Is it easy to get a rezoning for your property?
It is not. Actually, it can be a really complicated process depending on where your property is located. It can also be pretty costly, and there are no guaranteesthat you will get what you ask for. Be aware of these facts going in. The difficulty and costliness arise, in part, because there are no standard zoning laws.
What are the requirements for a zoning rezoning?
Any rezoning must be consistent with the local master land use plan. Get a copy of the plan (from the zoning or planning office) and study it. Determine whether your desired use is consistent with the goals of the master plan.
Can a zoning ordinance be changed to allow your use?
If you can’t tweak your plans to accommodate the zoning, the next possibility is to request a zoning change or exception to allow your use. Study the provisions of the zoning ordinances to determine whether they offer the opportunity to apply for a zoning exception or change.
Can a zoning variance allow you to use vacant land?
Exceptions are often available in the form of a special use permit or a zoning variance. A use permit (sometimes referred to as a “special” or “conditional” use permit) allows an owner to use the land in a way not normally permitted under the zoning.
What happens if an adjoining landowner violates a zoning ordinance?
Invariably, however, violation of zoning ordinances is powerful evidence that the use is unreasonable and, of course, liability for violation of zoning ordinances can be imposed independent of legal actions by the adjoining landowners. A statute can allow a neighbor temporary access to an adjoining landowner’s property to make necessary repairs.