Zoning laws determine what can or cannot be built on a portion of land. You must abide by the laws, or an entire project could end up being against local ordinances.
Land use and zoning laws are in place to make sure public and private real estate both have their place in a neighborhood, city or society. Zoning is a common form of land-use regulation designed to control property development. It signals out areas where housing or businesses can be built, dividing a city into sections such as commercial areas, industrial zones and residential neighborhoods.