Zoning Regulations

What are Zoning Regulations?

The basic purpose and function of zoning is to divide a municipality into residential, commercial, and industrial districts (or zones), that are for the most part separate from one another, with the use of property within each district being reasonably uniform. Within these three main types of districts there generally will be additional restrictions that can be quite detailed -- including the following:

Specific requirements as to the type of buildings allowed

Location of utility lines

Restrictions on accessory buildings, building setbacks from the streets and other boundaries

Size and height of buildings

Number of rooms

These restrictions may also cover

frontage of lots;

minimum lot area;

front, rear, and side yards;

off-street parking;

number of dwelling units.

Regulations may restrict areas to single-family homes or to multi-family dwellings or townhouses. In areas of historic or cultural significance, zoning regulations may require that those features be preserved.