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Zoning issues specific to Boston businesses

It is not always easy to find commercial space that is appropriate for the needs of a business and fits within a company's budget. You may find this struggle is particularly prevalent in Boston, where real estate is expensive, hard to find and difficult to secure. If you are looking for a commercial building or space to run your company, you will also need to consider zoning laws as well. 

The intent of zoning laws is to preserve the interests of property owners in specific areas. These designations keep gas stations from popping up in the middle of a residential neighborhood or a person living between two storefronts. In an old city such as Boston, you also have to think about the possibility of a building's designation being historically valuable. There are many things you may need to know to fully understand how zoning laws could impact your company.

Local laws and your business

Zoning designations typically include residential, industrial and commercial zones. While these zones may not seem like a big deal, it is possible that a building's designation could affect everything from whether you can remodel the building to customers parking out front. It is a grave mistake to overlook, considering how these municipal laws will affect your objectives for a building and plans for the future of your business. 

If you are a new entrepreneur, you may not realize how zoning laws can affect commercial space. Depending on the local government, these laws can directly affect operations. Caution is necessary for business owners looking to launch or move by acquiring a new building, renting a storefront, building a structure or purchasing land for future development. 

Know your rights

Zoning laws could be a concern even for companies run out of a home. For example, you may not be able to legally run a business out of your home if you have more than yourself as an employee. In some municipalities, these restrictions may depend on what type of business you have. 

In some cases, it may be possible to seek a change to a zoning designation. This is a rather complex process, and it can be helpful to discuss this plan with an experienced land use attorney before moving forward. If you want to expand, build or grow your business by getting land or buying a building, you may want to start with an assessment of your case with an experienced attorney.

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