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Know the zoning codes in your area

One of the most important things you can do when you find a property for your business is ensure that the zoning laws covering the property are suitable for your business. If the zoning doesn't match what you need for your business, you might need to take action to correct the situation or you could face the possibility of not being able to open your business there.

One thing that you should remember is that different municipalities might use codes that are similar but not exactly the same as others. This means that you must ensure that you fully understand what is being stated in the municipality where the property is located.

Typically, there is a letter and a number in a zoning code. The letters are usually R for residential, I for industrial and C for commercial. Most businesses need a commercially zoned space, but you can't stop looking into the matter when you see the C.

You need to determine what types of businesses can be housed on the property. Some commercially zoned areas might be off limits for some types of businesses. For example, an adult entertainment business likely can't be located next door to a school or a church.

Many different things can come into the picture when you are looking at zoning. For example, parking might be one thing that impacts how an area is zoned. If there isn't ample parking for the business' needs, there might not be the possibility of getting zoning changed. Just be sure that you do your homework prior to purchasing or leasing a property so you know you can get use out of it.

Source: FindLaw, "Types of Zoning," accessed Dec. 15, 2017

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