Research Property Zoning Before Purchase
You have big plans for a commercial property you plan to purchase and you have invested time and energy into the business plan and intended use of the building or property. You have met with your partners, banker and mortgage company plus have everything planned and researched from a business standpoint. However, before hitting the "Go" button you must research the commercial property you intend to buy before the fact.
It is critical to investigate the area's zoning laws depending upon the type of property you are buying and the intended use. You must then research (zoning research) whether your proposed intended use or construction of the property complies with the area's zoning laws. No building or structure, or a part of it, can be constructed, reconstructed, extended or structurally altered until an Application for a Certificate of Zoning Compliance has been approved. This certificate ensures that your plan and/or proposed structure is correctly zoned for the proposed business use and meets all provisions of the zoning rules and ordinances.
Building permits are generally required for the following but it is a good idea to check with the local authorities at the Building Department. PZR®
can help you acquire the building permit as well.
- Additions and New construction
- Parking areas
- Mechanical structures
- Temporary structures
- Fences, walls, carports, garages
Below is the list of all documents we can help you acquire
- Zoning Verification Letters
- Building and Zoning Code Violation Letters
- Certificates of Occupancy
- Building Permits
- Variances, Special Use Permits or Conditional Use Permits
- Planned Unit Developments
- Site Plans
- Zoning Codes
If you proceed with a loan from a bank or lender, most likely they will require that you provide them all the necessary documentation. This may include a zoning report, ALTA survey report, environmental reports, etc. It's a good idea to hire a zoning due diligence company like us to help you determine and acquire all the zoning documents, research zoning laws in context of the property you plan to buy, determine zoning compliance and work with you on compliance issues.
Our staff is available to assist in resolving specific zoning issues or problems that arise out of this review process and providing a determination with regard to rebuilding your property in the event of damage or destruction. PZR®
being the oldest zoning research company we have good relationships with municipal zoning offices in almost all states of USA. Zoning due diligence can be a tedious/frustrating process for buyers who have so much on the plate. Our zoning services will save you time and money so that you can focus on what you do best and let us do all the zoning research work which is our core competency. Please visit our zoning services page to get a complete list of our services or call us and we will be happy to help you.