Zoning can be a very difficult concept to wrap your head around. This is particularly since the categories and symbols can be very different depending on where you are. Generally speaking, your local government will use letters to delineate the types of zones from each other.

Commonly, this involves the letter R for residential, the C for commercial, and the letter I for Industrial. According to FindLaw, residential zoning can limit the types of animals the government allows at a residence, as well as the kinds of businesses that may operate in a particular area.

What does residential zoning cover?

The point of residential zoning is to provide people with a comfortable, quiet place to live. Very few people wish to live between a nightclub and a cement factory. Thus, the rules surrounding residential zoning often aim to provide a high quality of life.

Residential zoning may include laws restricting the types of animals and number of structures the government allows on any particular property. For instance, most suburbs will not allow farm animals like llamas or cows, even though cats and dogs are usually not subject to regulation.

Can I have a home-based business?

It usually depends on the type of business. Residential zoning laws also limit the type of home-based businesses that may exist in an area. Much depends on how much parking is available in the residential zone. In some jurisdictions, you may need to have a separate entrance and parking lot if you are going to run a business out of your home.

Noise ordinances also factor into this. Again, this is why you will not see nightclubs in suburbs very often.