The primordial rule for business location is to never sign a lease for a business zone or space if you are not yet completely sure that you are legally allowed to do business in that place. You don’t want to be paying for a space that you can’t actually use in the first place.
But if it is a contingent lease that states it wont be binding if ever you don’t get that zoning approval, then you can sign it.
Local zoning laws or land use regulations don’t allow certain activities done in certain areas, like nightclubs in residential zones.
Zoning ordinances allow particular categories of businesses to occupy certain districts of a city. One area only allows residential businesses, while another only allows heavy industry businesses. You don’t want to put up an industrial business in a commercial zone, if you want to avoid headache and lawsuits.
Besides business categories, zoning laws also prohibit certain activities in a particular districts. The area could be subject to laws that regulate signs, parking, water quality, air quality, noise and waste management. Historic districts, especially, regulate the visual appearance of your business.
There are zoning laws that regulate the number of certain businesses, like allowing only two food chains in a particular location.
Meanwhile, there are some zoning laws that focus on regulating home businesses.
Zoning laws are generally designed for the benefit of the other people in the neighbourhood and the companies that operate in it.
Zoning officials only visit your business when people around the district are complaining about your violations. To avoid these complaints, it would be best to get to know your neighbours.
To make sure that you can get zoning approval and your zone is in a legitimate area, it would be best to consult or hire a lawyer.