Zoning Laws and Issues

South Florida Zoning Law Attorney

As anyone will tell you the key to a successful business is: location, location, location. One of element of the right location is making sure you understand all the zoning issues, thus ensuring that developing, building, and operating your business will be done without any later legal hindrances or fines.

At the law office of Craig M. Dorne, PA, we are here to help you with all your zoning law needs. Our business lawyer is a Florida native who is proficient in all municipal and zoning laws. He is knowledgeable about South Florida, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties can advise you concerning the potential benefits and problems with each area. Contact us today and let us help you with all your zoning law issues.

Zoning law presents a myriad of issues. We can help make sure you are in local, city, county, state and federal compliance with each applicable set of zoning codes. Our office can help you with all of the following matters:

Mixed use areas

Many commercial spaces are classified mixed use because offices, retail, and hotels are present in the same area. Before you buy or lease a piece of land or an existing structure we check the applicable zoning ordinances to make sure your type of business will be a permissible use in a mixed use area. We apply for a variance if your business does not fit in the mixed use commercial zoning categories, arguing why your business should be allowed and the benefits it will bring to the community.

Non-conforming usage

If a certain structure has been zoned for a certain type of use, we advise what alterations will make it a conforming use or petition to change zoning classification or apply for a variance.

Noise ordinances

We have experience working to ensure your business, such as a hotel, nightclub or restaurant conforms to these restrictions, especially if your business will be in or near a residential area. We can also help mitigate the damages when you are fined by aggressively negotiating with local authorities.

Historic preservation

All properties deemed historic have restrictions placed on them, precluding them from certain uses. We can help you deal with the appropriate government entities when applying for construction permits for areas that have historic preservation restrictions attached.


We can help you collaborate with interested parties to make sure your business is in compliance with the American’s with Disabilities Act and the local zoning handicapped standards.

Environmental concerns

Our firm can help mitigate the damages that result from environmental contamination damages.

Green space

Our firm can make sure you maximize the usage of the property and avoid violations of the zoning requirements in the land use codes.

Our firm provides guidance with set-back standards, restrictive covenants and easements. Whatever your zoning law issues might be, it is important to have an attorney who has a comprehensive understanding of not only the law, but how to negotiate with authorities in order to achieve success. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and let us use this experience to help your business proceed free of any zoning issues.