Zoning laws in real estate refer to the regulations set to demonstrate how a property will be used. These ordinances are related to both the inside and outside structure of buildings, houses, or similar structures. Standards are set so that development by that town, city, municipality, county, or state can be monitored. Even a small change made to an existing property must be determined to coincide with zoning laws to make sure it meets all codes and guidelines.


[horsepasture] Agricultural zoning is generally used by communities that are concerned about maintaining the economic viability of their agricultural industry. Agricultural zoning typically limits the density of development and restricts non-farm uses of the land.

In many agricultural zoning ordinances, the density is controlled by setting a large minimum lot size for a residential structure. Densities may vary depending upon the type of agricultural operation. Agricultural zoning can protect farming communities from becoming fragmented by residential development. In many states, agricultural zoning is necessary for federal voluntary incentive programs, subsidy programs, and programs that provide for additional tax abatements.


The “rural” zoning designation is often used for farms or ranches. In certain parts of the country, this designation will include residences zoned to allow horses or cattle.