Fighting an Approved Rezoning Request

When a rezoning proposal is passed there are still many options for property owners who want to oppose the action. Any appeal of a rezoning decision by a zoning board can be a complicated legal matter that requires proof of an error in the process of making the change, or a flaw in the rezoning decision. In order to appeal a rezoning, work with an experienced attorney for assistance.

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Zoning Rules for In-Law Units

Whether or not an in-law apartment is allowed depends on exactly what type of structure you want to construct and what the zoning rules are for the area where you live. If the in-law apartment is considered to be a separate residence, which is usually defined as one with a kitchen or one which could be rented out, then adding one may be considered the conversion of your one family home into a two-family home. Whether or not this conversion is allowed will depend on whether your area is or is not zoned for two family homes. If the in-law apartment is considered to be a separate residence, which is usually defined as one with a kitchen or one which could be rented out, then adding one may be considered the conversion of your one family home into a two-family home. Whether or not this conversion is allowed will depend on whether your area is or is not zoned for two family homes.

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Zoning on Home Conversions

It is almost always possible to convert uses for portions of your home such as basements or garages. For the most part a simple conversion of a basement or garage into a living room, game room, or other usable space will not require a permit or draw the attention of local housing authorities. However, depending on the nature and extent of the changes you intend to make, you may need to get building permits from a local housing or construction authority, or a variance from zoning laws.

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Zoning Laws on Unrelated People Living Together in the Same House

Yes, there can be a zoning ordinance against unrelated people living together. Any zoning ordinance that attempts to restrict unrelated individuals from living together must be able to clearly explain why a certain number of unrelated people can’t live together, define what the law means by the terms unrelated and living together, and what the penalties are.

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