Zoning Ordinance

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Zoning Ordinance'

Written regulations and laws that define how property in specific geographic zones can be used. Zoning ordinances specify whether zones can be used for residential or commercial purposes, and may also regulate lot size, placement, bulk (or density) and the height of structures. Zoning ordinances are lengthy documents describing not only the acceptable use for specified areas of land, but also the procedures for handling infractions (including any penalties), granting variances and hearing appeals.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Zoning Ordinance'

Zoning consists of dividing a particular region of land into districts or zones and specifying the types of land uses that are allowed and prohibited for each zone. This is performed by a municipal corporation or county and is typically specific to certain city regions. Zoning, in its basic form, attempts to separate residential property use from commercial property use.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Market Value

    The price an asset would fetch in the marketplace. Market value ...
  2. Zoning

    Municipal or local government laws that dictate how real property ...
  3. Eminent Domain

    The power the government has to obtain the property of an individual ...
  4. Commercial Property

    Real estate property that is used for business activities. Commercial ...
  5. Fair Market Value

    The price that a given property or asset would fetch in the marketplace, ...
  6. Fair Housing Act

    This law (Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968) forbids ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How do I find a good personal bankruptcy lawyer?

    While it is not necessary to hire an attorney to file bankruptcy, the rules that govern bankruptcy can be extremely complex, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are unregistered securities or stocks?

    Before securities, like stocks, bonds and notes, can be offered for sale to the public, they first must be registered with ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does FINRA differ from the SEC?

    With all the financial organizations out there, knowing what they all do can be as complicated as knowing where to invest. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Are there regulations against monopolies?

    A monopoly occurs when a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a particular type of product or ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can a company be state-run and publicly traded at the same time?

    A state-run company or enterprise cannot be publicly traded in the U.S. However, it is possible to purchase shares of state-run ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Home & Auto

    10 Worst First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes

    These errors could wind up costing you more than the coveted key to your first home.
  2. Home & Auto

    Uncover The Next Real Estate Hot Spot

    Real estate land speculation is a way to get in on a hot investment before a boom hits.
  3. Entrepreneurship

    How To Talk To Headhunters

    8 tips on forging a fruitful relationship with an executive recruiter.
  4. Investing

    Should Amtrak Be Privatized?

    This story examines whether or not Amtrak, the US consumer rail system, should be privatized in the wake of its tragic accident.
  5. Personal Finance

    The Purpose Of a FMLA Form

    Parsing the different types of paperwork that accompany a leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act.
  6. Personal Finance

    8 Ways To Seriously Blow It With A Headhunter

    Job hunters, beware. These are the 8 things that blow your chances with headhunters. So pay attention to your behavior when you're being interviewed.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    The Business Model Of Private Prisons

    How does the business model of private prisons work?
  8. Personal Finance

    Why Is It Easier To Find A Job While Employed?

    It's ironic that having a job helps you find a new one. Here's what you should and shouldn't do in your job search.
  9. Entrepreneurship

    7 Ways To Make Executive Recruiters Notice You

    Yes, you can go after executive recruiters – but take a sophisticated approach. Here's how.
  10. Entrepreneurship

    The Job Hunter's Guide To Headhunters

    Corporations often turn to these outside consultants to fill their executive vacancies. Here's what you need to know about how they work.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bund

    A bond issued by Germany's federal government, or the German word for "bond." Bunds are the German equivalent of U.S. Treasury ...
  2. European Central Bank - ECB

    The central bank responsible for the monetary system of the European Union (EU) and the euro currency. The bank was formed ...
  3. Quantitative Easing

    An unconventional monetary policy in which a central bank purchases private sector financial assets in order to lower interest ...
  4. Current Account Deficit

    A measurement of a country’s trade in which the value of goods and services it imports exceeds the value of goods and services ...
  5. International Monetary Fund - IMF

    An international organization created for the purpose of: 1. Promoting global monetary and exchange stability. 2. Facilitating ...
  6. Risk-Return Tradeoff

    The principle that potential return rises with an increase in risk. Low levels of uncertainty (low-risk) are associated with ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!