June 13th, 2013 | More in Building On Your Lot

Zoning Ordinances and Land Requirements when Building on Your Land

Zoning-Ordinances-and-Land-Requirements-when-Building-on-Your-LandZoning Ordinances and Land Requirements when Building on Your Land

You may think building on your land is going to be simple, but it’s important to make sure you know all of the legalities before you get started. Particularly if you’re planning to construct a manufactured home, you should understand all the zoning ordinances and land requirements before you start the project and, preferably, before you buy the land. Once you’re ready to begin building on your land, it would be unfortunate if an unforeseen problem with zoning derailed your project.


  • If you have not already purchased your land, make sure you have a firm grasp of zoning laws before you do so. A real estate agent should be able to help you with this, so it’s good to enlist the help of a professional. Zoning laws determine which uses of the land are permitted, and details like distance of buildings from the street and property lines, and maximum building height. These laws are put in place to ensure that the buildings in an area are compatible with each other, but they can sometimes be an impediment to building on your land. If you’re planning to build a manufactured home, there are a couple of things to check out. Subdivisions, for example, may have deed restrictions that prohibit the construction of manufactured homes. However, recently, locations with manufactured homes that had been restricted in the past have now had many of these ordinances repealed or loosened. The important thing to do is to learn the zoning laws on your particular piece of property, so that you can proceed with building on your land as you see fit. If you’ve inherited the land and there’s a problem with the zoning, don’t despair; in some cases, you can apply for a zoning variance or exception to the zoning laws.
  • Once you know the land is zoned for your purposes, make sure it suits your needs. You need a lot with water hookup or existing well, available electricity, and sewage system access or a septic system. Make sure you know whether your land is in a flood zone, because that will require flood insurance, and often a higher foundation.


When the time comes for building on your land, consider a manufactured home a modular home or a prefabricated home. Sturdy, weather-resistant, and customizable, modular homes can be constructed on your land in a fraction of the time it takes to build a traditional home. For more information about building on your land, manufactured homes, mobile homes and modular homes, connect with us at PalmHarbor.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

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