Zoning 101: What You Need to Know

The term zoning refers to a framework set out by territory and state governments regarding the types of properties which can be developed in each area. This framework was created to regulate the growth and character of the area. Zoning is enforced by local councils.

Zoning affects how and where you invest in property, as well as the future appeal of your property based on what is legally allowed on the property or land. Understanding zoning is crucial to any property development. Take a crash course with us in zoning 101 and find out what you need to know to ensure the success of your next property project.

Types of Zoning in Australia

Throughout Australia, zoning is roughly broken down into residential, commercial, industrial, mixed-use, public-use, and agricultural zones. Beyond that, each state or territory has their own system, which divides these zones into subcategories. The individual subcategories delve more specifically into the type of activity allowed in these zones and how densely these areas can be developed.

Each state and territory have their own specific rules and regulations depending on the land, commerce, and population. Some parts of Australia include large swathes of agricultural land or nature reserve, while other land may be used primarily for residential or business purposes. The zoning in each state or territory supports the appropriate growth, development, and protection of these regions.

Why Zoning Is Important in Property

Whether you are an investor, homeowner, developer, realtor, builder, or architect, having a firm grasp on zoning is essential. Understanding the zoning of a particular piece of land ensures you are able to get the most of your endeavours. As a homeowner, you would want to ensure your home is not located near an industrial area or that there are no strict restrictions on renovations, floor space, or even the height of your development.

As a property developer, you need to ensure that the local council will approve your development in accordance with their urban planning rules and regulations. Builders and architects need to have an intimate grasp of approved building heights and building limitations in fire-prone areas, flood plains, and wetlands.

Zoning serves to protect property values and heritage sites while ensuring the needs of the local occupants are taken into account.

How Archistar Assists Property Professionals with Zoning

You need to match the land to its intended use from day one of any project. Finding that land, however, may be tricky. With its extensive up to date zoning database, Archistar can help you find the perfect land or property for your development.

You will be able to search land-based on:

  • Zone
  • Risk
  • Heritage
  • Density
  • Planning rules
  • Market data
  • Feasibility
  • Profitability

At a glance, zoning may appear complex, but with Archistar, the work is done for you; what you need to know about zoning is all packaged in this comprehensive property development software package. Used by investors, developers, architects, and other property professionals, Archistar is a versatile necessity. Learn more about how Archistar can simplify your property development pipeline by revealing zoning data, local market trends, and even nearby developments.