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What is an Entitlement for Land Use?

by | Oct 7, 2015 | Real Estate Law


When the government provides an official approval for an individual or group to develop a property on a designated plot of land (typically for a specified purpose), it is referred to as an entitlement. If you are in need of obtaining an entitlement for a proposed project, contact an experienced land law and real estate attorney at The Law Office of the Law Office of Ernesto Aldover. We can assist you in obtaining what you need and overcome any obstacles in the way of your project.

Common Obstacles Faced Before Obtaining an Entitlement

Zoning & Zoning Variances: Problems with zoning can prevent from developing your property in certain ways and for certain purposes. Zones are assigned specific laws and regulations you will be required to adhere to along with others in the zone. Zoning variances could extend exceptions to specific zoning ordinances in instances where they could be seen as directly unfair to a designated property or property owner.

Permits: Similar to zoning variances, permits can be obtained in exceptional circumstances that will alter the allowed uses of the property at hand.

Rezoning: This is another alternative that can be used in situations where proposed property uses conflict with current zoning and are not addressed through zoning variances. It’s usually a difficult process, but an experienced land development attorney can assist you in completing the rezoning process.

Landscaping Approvals: Landscaping approvals may become necessary to ensure that building design will not be in conflict with the landscape to the extent that it could result in harm to individuals on or near your property.

Road Approvals: When your property development project requires the addition of additional points of access, you will need to complete the process to request road approvals.

Utility Approvals: When necessary, your California land development attorney can assist you in making sure that you have the utilities necessary for your property and the purpose at hand.

Contact the California real estate and land law attorneys at The Law Office of the Law Office of Ernesto Aldover for assistance with your own land development project.