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?



The permitted uses or purposes for a land or property are usually indicated in the title deeds that are lands certificates or grants directly from the state. Usually the land certificates indicate whether it is granted for ‘residential’, ‘commercial’ or even ‘mixed development’. The lands certificates may sometimes be more specific on the nature of the business to be carried out and building development permitted on the real estate.

It is also prudent for a buyer to apply to the relevant state physical and town planning office for ‘Planning Information’ as to ascertain the land use and zoning for the area where the property is located and the permissible use.