Why are there and what are zoning laws within real estate?

You are a homeowner. How would you feel if your home in suburbia were settled next to a big industrial building? Say you are the owner of a large factory. How would you feel about having to keep the noise level down so your neighbors could sleep?

There are reasons why generally, types of real estate are situated apart from each other. More technically, this matter is a legal matter called zoning laws. Different types of real estate are classified and zoned differently.

According to FindLaw, zoning laws exist for the following purpose: "to divide a municipality into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (or zones), that are for the most part separate from one another, with the use of property within each district being reasonably uniform." Zoning goes into city and state planning, as developments over time should play into the plan of where industrial, residential and commercial areas are meant to be. 

Those in charge of building and planning all types of real estate in California should know the zoning laws that apply to every single type of project. Even if, for example, you are an average homeowner who trusted a builder to abide by the rules of residential zoning, you will live with the complications should your home not fit into residential zoning laws. It is wise, therefore, to do your own research about a real estate project and to ask the questions that are important toward building a property according to the law. 

An invaluable source of zoning information is a real estate attorney in your area. Whether you have concerns about a future project or are facing zoning disputes regarding an existing building, let a lawyer help you. 

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