You have formed a business and spent hours on the business plan. You have even secured financing and signed a lease. But you cannot open your doors because your small business is not permitted under zoning and land use regulations. If this is your scenario or you would like to avoid this scenario, the experienced team at East Coast Trial Lawyers can help.
Zoning laws are created and enforced almost solely by local government, which would be the city or county in which the building or land is located. Different ordinances by the county and city may even overlap. Before you sign a lease or sign a contract to buy property for a specific use, research of the zoning laws should be done.
Our firm has worked with many businesses to secure zoning and land use, whether it is for a new sign, building a new building, or re-zoning. In addition, if you are acquiring an existing business, our firm ensures that the business has secured proper zoning prior to closing. If a site is not zoned for your type of business there may be some ways for our firm to help assist by filing variance, conditional use applications.
The following are the five major categories of zoning:
If your business doesn’t fall with the correct zone you cannot conduct or open your business unless it will fall into some exception.
The following are types of zoning exceptions:
- Non-Conforming Use
- Conditional Use
- Variances or Special Use Permits
- Spot Zoning
Virginia Beach Business Lawyers Successfully Handle Land Use and Zoning Issues
Our firm is able to help assist with the application process for the initial approval by the locality or for requesting a zoning exception. To speak to an experienced Virginia Beach business lawyer regarding your situation, call East Coast Trial Lawyers at 757-352-2237 or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Virginia Beach, and we assist clients in Chesapeake, Eastern Shores, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and throughout Virginia.