Consider Zoning Laws when Purchasing Homestead Land


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Homesteads have a rich history in the United States. In the pioneer days, homesteads were spread out throughout the western portion of the country, and in the rural areas of the eastern U.S. as well. People who lived on homesteads made their own clothes, grew their own food, and generally took care of themselves with the resources available to them from their properties.

Modern homesteads are similar their pioneering predecessors but very different in some ways. On the plus side, advances in technology (e.g. solar panels) have made homesteading a much more accessible and comfortable lifestyle. On the other end, certain laws and regulations may throw a wrench into homesteading plans if you don't do your research.

If you're interested in homesteading, understanding zoning laws in your area can help you find the right place to settle and build your homestead. Knowing the zoning laws in your area can help you live on a homestead while staying within the bounds of the law.

How Zoning Affects Homesteaders

Most communities use zoning laws to regulate the types of activities that occur on different property types in specific areas. Properties under residential zoning are intended to be used for living accommodations. Properties zoned for commercial may be used to produce goods or services that are sold to others.

Of course, zoning laws are rarely so simple. They're written by legal professionals, and tend to have complex language that many people find difficult to understand. If these laws are misunderstood from the outset, this could lead someone to buy a property with plans to homestead, only to find out later that they cannot do what they want legally.

7/3/2019 6:10:25 PM

Great article Ryan! We've finally (!!!) settled on a place in south western Western Australia and your recommendations / advice is spot on - even on the other side of the world. We had been looking in the UK (hubby a Brit, me an Aussie), and the information online regarding all this is tremendous. In Oz, limited details available without going direct to the source - council etc. But the effort is important, and pays dividends in the long run.

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