Setting up your own business can be an exciting prospect. You get to be your own boss, manage your own team and implement ideas that you believe in.
Nonetheless, it’s not quite as simple as just finding a plot and commencing trade right away. Zoning laws dictate what type of activity is permitted to take place in certain locations. If you set up your company in breach of zoning laws then it could come to a grinding halt. Outlined below are some important factors to consider:
1. Your geographical location
When finding a spot to open up your business, it’s important to identify the location exactly. Each zip code will have unique zoning designations. For instance, certain areas may be designated for residential uses, which could limit the type of business you are permitted to run. Other sites may be historical, meaning that they are protected from modern developments. Generally, a quick search online can provide you with much of the information you need.
2. The nature of your business
Some businesses are noisy, others are very discreet. Your company may provide goods or services that the majority of people enjoy, or you might be in a more niche market. Zoning laws restrict business operations in certain parts of Florida, and this is something you need to pay attention to. For instance, your district may allow stores that supply the local community with goods, but not businesses that operate on a national level.
3. The building’s specifications
Florida building codes mean that you cannot just construct any type of building. Some types of buildings require specific licenses and you also need to make sure the plumbing installations, heating, gas and electricity are all up to code. The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) also states that your entrances, restrooms and other facilities must all be accessible.
4. Any signage restrictions or rules
You want to make your business stand out with a large and bright sign. You’ve come up with a design, a color scheme and a location for the sign. There’s only one problem: the zoning code in your area restricts the type, size and location of signage. To avoid disputes, it’s always wise to make sure you understand everything that comes with the property, including restrictions.
It’s important to familiarize yourself with zoning laws to prevent litigation and disputes. We help businesses who need help with real estate deals involving zoning issues. Contact us for a consultation.