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Be aware of Boston's commercial zoning laws

There is a lot of excitement when thinking about opening a new area of your business, relocating or starting a business from scratch. Every business has different needs, but most all will require some sort of space, commercial real estate, in which to conduct business operations. Commercial real estate is different from residential real estate in many ways. Depending the complexities of the business or industry one is in, there could be regulations that can affect the business further.

That's why selecting a space for commercial real estate, one needs to consider all the ways the business could be affected by that location. For example, land use and zoning is a priority that should be considered before even looking at a property. If a space is commercially zoned that's a great start. However, depending on your business operations, it may not be enough to sustain operations.

This is because certain commercial business activities are regulated. For example, you can't open a metal shop in the middle of Main Street. This is for both the public good and for the business's success as they would have many issues with neighbors running machines in that part of town. There are specific municipality laws pertaining to land use and zoning one should be on the lookout for when selecting commercial real estate.

The exact ones will depend on the business itself. Some zoning laws will impact specific industries and some will not be relevant. This is why the better armed with information a business owner is, the easier it will be to pick the perfect commercial real estate location.

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