A zoning permit is similar to a variance. Zoning permits allow the use of a property for a purpose other than designated by the property's zoning, as long as the business use doesn't adversely affect the neighborhood. A zoning permit or variance may be needed in a number of situations that may change the zoning classification of the property, such as the following:
A competent architect can help guide you through the process of obtaining a zoning permit or variance.
The zoning or planning board must give you the permit or variance before you can begin construction or use the building for business purposes.
Zoning is essentially a set of codes that outline the rules for what may be built on a particular property. Zoning codes limit the size, shape, use, and location of buildings. Architects perform zoning analyses in order to determine the legal development rights of a property.
Determining which building types and styles will and won’t adhere to legal zoning prerequisites can be challenging. Different zoning areas can provide certain freedoms and limits for a given project, depending on what the client and architect have envisioned for their final result.