As a business owner, you face various challenges as you navigate the legal requirements and laws that could affect how and where you do business. One of the challenges you could face is where to run your company, a decision largely impacted by zoning designations. There are limits to where you can build and locate your operations, and you will find it beneficial to do the appropriate research on this matter before you purchase land, make an offer on a building or make other related business decisions.
Zoning designations are based on the local government’s decisions regarding where businesses can operate, where developers can build residential communities and more. In some cases, zoning laws can unfairly impact a company. If you find yourself unsure of how zoning laws could affect you or what changes in a zoning designation mean for your business, you will find it beneficial to learn more about how you can protect your company’s interests.
Issues with commercial zoning
Before you buy commercial property in Minnesota or an existing structure you wish to use for a commercial purpose, you will find it beneficial to do the appropriate research in order to ensure that you do not expose yourself to financial risk. Questions that may help reduce the likelihood of a commercial zoning issue affecting you include:
- How was the property used in the past? Did the previous owner have a variance that allowed them to use the property in a specific way?
- Was there a previous non-conforming use of the property that would no longer be permissible under new zoning laws?
- Do you have all the information you need on the property, including restrictions based on its current zoning designation?
- Will your business have a requirement of providing a certain number of parking spaces?
In some cases, a business can appeal to the local government for approval of a specific use of the property, typically based on a certain requirement. This may include provision of parking or other contingencies. If you believe the government is unfairly impeding on your right to operate a business, you may have a legal case to challenge the zoning designation of the property. A careful assessment of local zoning laws, business laws and other factors can help you determine the most appropriate course of action for your company.