Learn about zoning laws, which restrict land use under the state's police power, and the recurring legal issues associated with them.


This lesson will explore the government’s zoning authority and some recurring legal issues.

Zoning laws control land use, typically by specifying allowable or prohibited uses for a particular area. Zoning can affect a wide range of activities, from the general uses of land down to details such as architectural standards and building sizes.  

Zoning authority comes from a state’s police power, which is the power to promote public health, safety, and welfare. States may also allow zoning...