Just one small mistake could cost you a fortune in legal fees. That’s why you should be extra careful to make sure your new tower meets basic rules and law requirements if you ever actually end up building one.
It’s all about zoning.
Figuring out what the rules are in your area is pretty straightforward. Simply call your local city or county zoning office and ask about the rules regarding towers in your area.
Most zoning offices will respond to your request by giving you a zoning map of your area. In which case, it should become pretty clear if towers are allowed on your property or not.
If you discover that your property is zoned in a way that prohibits the construction of towers, then you’re finished. Unless you have someone working in government, it’s a nearly impossible task to get past zoning restrictions.
However, if you find that you ARE allowed to construct a tower – you aren’t out of the woods yet. Be sure to read the fine print. For instance, are there any requirements regarding the distance of the tower from other buildings or properties? Is there a height requirement for your tower?
Just because your land can have a tower doesn’t mean it should.
If your land is correctly zoned for a tower, that should cause you to ask the following questions:
- Why aren’t your neighbors renting out towers if it’s such a great opportunity in your area?
- Why would anyone rent your tower from you even if you built it?
Because if neighboring properties don’t also have towers, it might mean that there is no real demand for towers in your area.
Also, just because your land is zoned for a tower doesn’t mean that anyone actually wants to rent space on it.
Unless you can answer these questions definitely, it might be better to do a bit more research before proceeding.
But don’t let these obstacles hinder you. Building a tower is definitely an achievable goal. Research, however, is key.