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Understanding Zoning, Licensing, and Permits - For Dummies

Understanding Zoning, Licensing, and Permits - For Dummies | Owning My Own Restaurant | Scoop.it

itNo matter which governments — federal, state, or local — have jurisdiction in your particular place of business, you can bet that they all have something to

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It doesn't matter which government controls your particular area of business its almost a guarantee that they will try to intervene with your business. But dealing with the government is the only way for a successful business. And trying to work around them will get you fined, sued, or completely shut down. 

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TJ Berry's comment, March 6, 2014 10:12 AM
Some of the things that zoning laws zero in on are parking and vehicle traffic. More traffic is something the local government doesn't want so they are tougher with that part of zoning your business. Also the use of hazardous materials and how you dispose of them is another main concern for zoning laws because people hate pollution and want things taken care of properly .
TJ Berry's comment, March 6, 2014 10:21 AM
If zoning regulations are too strict that you can't run your business successfully there are a few things you can do to try and get the weight lifted a little. One of the ways is to request a variance which could only take you filling out a short form or you could have to possibly take your case to the public and have it voted on. Another way would be to fight city hall which is a challenge all of its own.
TJ Berry's comment, March 6, 2014 10:28 AM
Along with staying within zoning regulations if you plan on owning your own business you'll most likely need licenses and permits. For myself I would need a standard business license, like every other business owner, a food license so I can sell food, and a sellers permit to sell anything in my restaurant with tax. I will also probably need miscellaneous local permits and a building permit if I was planning on building my own place.
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Basic Zoning Laws | SBA.gov

Basic Zoning Laws | SBA.gov | Owning My Own Restaurant | Scoop.it
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Zoning laws can make or break your small business, depending on the law. Zoning laws choose whether or not you can put your business where you want. Also they control whether or not you can expand your building. Say that your business is booming and you want to expand a little but zoning laws are holding you back what do you do? The key to getting around zoning laws is to sell your business location and move to a bigger place instead of arguing with the law. But you could possibly get lucky and there could be a zoning change but its more effective to just move to a better zoned area. 

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