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How will zoning laws impact your small business?

If you own a small business, you understand how important it is to find the right space from which to run your company. The location of your Massachusetts business can affect everything from which customers come to your store to how much you pay in a lease. In addition to your rent and other factors, you may also have to think about zoning laws. 

Zoning laws essentially determine where businesses can operate. These laws prevent a gas station from opening up on a residential street or someone constructing a private residence in the middle of an industrial area. There are many reasons behind how the local Massachusetts government determines zoning designations. Before you make any important decisions, you would be wise to think about how this may impact your company.

The effect of zoning laws

Zoning laws affect much more than just where you can build your company building or lease a commercial space. Before you sign an agreement or move forward, you would be wise to find out everything you can about land use restrictions, building restrictions and more. Some of the other ways zoning can impact you include:

  • Parking lot requirements
  • Accessibility
  • Type and size of structure you can build
  • What type of sign has permission for use
  • What type of business you can run in that specific space

There are many factors to consider as you are thinking about where you want to locate your business. It can be financially devastating for a small business to purchase land to build or lease space, only to find that you cannot do what you hope to do with the space.

Regardless of what you hope to do for your business, you would be wise to carefully examine all of your options and do all the necessary research to ensure that you are making the smartest possible decision. Zoning laws and land use requirements are complex legal issues, and you may find it helpful to seek a legal explanation of your options.

The future of your business

The future of your company depends on the choices you make now. When making a significant real estate decision that could impact your business for years to come, you would be wise to take the time to understand the implications of all zoning laws and requirements. You may find it helpful to reach out to an experienced legal professional and seek a thorough assessment of your case.

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