REALWorld Law

Sale and purchase

Planning/zoning issues

How can a buyer ascertain the permitted uses of a parcel of real estate under the applicable zoning or planning law in this country?



Public authorities establish zoning plans designating the permitted use of an area. Uses can be changed, but there is protection for existing buildings, so that if a use has been permitted in the past it remains permitted, even if the zoning plan has changed since then.

Building and zoning plans are accessible to the public and the building authority can provide the relevant information.

As regards the building permit, the buyer can ask the seller to provide a copy in the course of due diligence.