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Expanding your business: Need-to-know regulations and restrictions

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When you began planning your construction/remodel project you might have pictured the finished product. Sometimes, our dreams cloud our vision from the obvious.

Part 3 [In this blog series, you’ll learn key construction tips for an effective remodel/build-out project provided by Maxx Builders, a Texas-based, commercial general contractor and design company.]

The below offers key topics you don’t want to overlook.

  • Are there any apparent site issues that could detract from your investment’s success? It is often helpful to talk with people who live or work in the area to find out if there are problems with the region (e.g. high crime rates).
  • City zoning restriction – certain city restrictions have direct implications on where and what you can or cannot build, what your building will look like, and how much it will cost. To obtain this information, contact the local city or county government planning department that has jurisdiction over the site to review zoning restriction and discuss your goals for the property.
  • Does the current zone match up with the building’s use? If zoning policy designates the site for a purpose that does not align with your desired building’s purpose, you won’t be able to build there unless you get an approval from city variance.
  • City exterior aesthetic or material requirements – building in some cities may require the use of a certain material for exterior design, which could also have substantial implications on cost and functionality.
  • City landscaping requirements – cities have landscaping requirements in order to construct a building in the jurisdiction of the property. Landscaping requirements can utilize substantial area on the amount of space left available for parking spaces and the building structure. Landscaping requirements may include a certain number of trees and plants and financial penalties for cutting down trees.
  • Environmental regulations & restrictions – It is vital to make sure federal or state laws do not prohibit development of the site. If it is located on a protected wetland or is the habitat for an endangered species you will encounter restrictions and it may not be possible to build a structure on the land.

Quick tip

Discuss your goals for your property with the local city or county government planning department. You may run into certain restrictions, however, you may be able to get approved for a building variance.

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