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Are for-sale church buildings zoned for any other purposes besides worship?

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City and county zoning ordinances specific to the location of the church buildings determine what uses are acceptable, according to PlannersWeb.com. When zoning problems are likely, a special exception or variance acquired from the group that governs zoning fixes the issue, notes Entrepreneur.

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Are for-sale church buildings zoned for any other purposes besides worship?
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Sometimes existing property does not comply with zoning regulations when the regulations come into being, notes PlannersWeb.com. The zoning commission makes exceptions for such buildings and parcels, calling them nonconforming. If the church buildings have the nonconforming designation, then stricter-than-normal rules likely apply when seeking to alter or convert them.

It's also important to consider overlapping zones, notes PlannersWeb.com. A building is sometimes part of residential, historical and flood zones at once, for example. Each zone designation imposes sets of rules, often called impact regulations, with which the properties within must comply. Studying all the zoning regulations that govern the buildings and asking questions at the local zoning office prevent problems with zoning authorities when seeking to put buildings to nontraditional use, notes Entrepreneur.

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