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Chapter 9. Legal Eagles: Understanding Y... > Making Sure You're in the Zone

Making Sure You're in the Zone

One of the first steps to take when beginning any new business, whether in a home office or elsewhere, is to make sure your area is zoned for the type of business you plan to operate. Zoning regulations vary a great deal from place to place. For instance, did you know that in some parts of the country the zoning laws date back to the Civil War while in other parts of the country there are no restrictions at all? There are some places where operating a home office is not permitted.

Zoning laws are important and can be a good thing. They are one of the ways that your local government keeps residential areas residential, business areas business, industrial areas industrial, and agricultural areas agricultural. They are also intended to protect us from danger or unsafe situations. Consider the Black Mamba snake for a moment. The Black Mamba is considered to be one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Death from this 14-foot serpent can occur in less than 15 minutes if it bites you. Imagine for another moment that your next-door neighbor gets the bright idea of breeding these snakes from his or her home and selling them over the Internet. Without zoning laws in place, there would be little you could do to stop your neighbor from raising these lethal, slithering creatures. As a basic rule of thumb, there are regulations in place if somebody's business puts others at risk.


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