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There are limits to what you can do with your property

There are certain laws and regulations in place that can affect what you may or may not be able to do with your property in Texas. Land use laws are complex, and disputes regarding this particular issue can be costly, stressful and may make it difficult for you to accomplish your real estate goals. 

One of the most important aspects of understanding what you can do with your residential or commercial property is zoning. Zoning laws will have a significant impact on what property owners can do within certain boundaries. Some property owners find it beneficial to seek legal guidance as they buy property or work through zoning and land use issues that are affecting their property.

Zoning regulations and your goals

Zoning regulations determine appropriate use of property within certain boundaries. Local municipalities establish specific restrictions. The purpose of zoning regulations is to protect the interests of property owners and maintain the integrity of neighborhoods and communities. However, these regulations and restrictions can be frustrating for owners who want to do certain things with their property.

There are three main types of districts that can impact zoning laws: residential, industrial and commercial. Depending on the area, the kind of building and the demographics of the surrounding community, zoning laws can affect the following:

  • Ability to have accessory structures, such as storage sheds
  • The placement of utility lines
  • Number of rooms permitted in a building
  • The height of the building
  • The specific types of buildings allowed within certain district boundaries

For commercial property, zoning restrictions can affect parking and other issues as well. The limits on what you can do with a specific building are particularly strict when it is a building with historical or cultural significance. If you purchased a building or property with the intention of converting the space, subdividing the building into smaller units or building an entirely new structure, it is prudent to make an effort to understand zoning restrictions and land use allowances.

Your rights as a property owner 

As a property owner, you have certain rights. You can preserve your interests and avoid costly legal complications by working with an experienced legal ally from the very beginning of your purchase process. Zoning and land use restrictions will impact what you can do with your property, but with help, you can take measures to ensure you get the full enjoyment and use out of your property as allowed under the law.

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