Minnesota entrepreneurs who have found the perfect location for their businesses sometimes choose locations that have zoning classifications that are different from their intended use. While municipalities often frown upon changing zoning, requesting a variance is generally a good way to prove that your business will be a good addition to the intended area.
Why you may require a zoning variance
The most common reason for a zoning variance is that the type of business you intend to operate in a specific area varies from its current usage. Other typical reasons can include:
Constructing or altering a building to change its classification
- Building a new structure on vacant land
- Changing the use of vacant land to a different type
- Changing a structure that has been grandfathered into current zoning requirements
- Running certain types of businesses from your home
Requesting a zoning variance doesn’t automatically lead to zoning disputes with your municipality or your neighbors. Setting a strategy to convince the municipality or county governing the property where your land is located is key to successfully getting a variance.
Getting help in requesting a zoning variance
Home-based businesses can be particularly tricky as some businesses require a variation while others may not. Check with your municipality’s zoning office to see if you require one. If you are renting a property, make sure you obtain the zoning variance before signing a lease to avoid zoning disputes that will prevent you from operating in the manner that befits your company.
The main reason for zoning laws is to maintain pretty values. Work with your real estate agent or a consultant to come up with plans that show your variation will not adversely affect the immediate area. Working with experienced real estate lawyers can also help make your case stronger.