Define: Zoning

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Definition: Zoning


Quick Summary of Zoning


Zoning is the system of specifying that certain activities may only be carried out in particular areas.



What is the dictionary definition of Zoning?

Dictionary Definition


  • legal Legislative action for the purpose of regulating the use of property and the construction of buildings within the area under the jurisdiction of the legislative body concerned.

The system of specifying that certain activities may only be carried out in particular areas.

Some activities may cause harmful externalities, by emitting noise, smells, dust, pollution, or by attracting heavy traffic.

Zoning tries to minimise the harm done by such activities, by concentrating them in areas where they will do the least damage, and by separating them from residential, commercial, or amenity areas.


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Full Definition of Zoning


Zoning is the process of dividing land in a municipality into zones (e.g. residential, industrial) in which certain land uses are permitted or prohibited.

Zoning is a method by which a government (usually a city or county government) specifies how property and land may be used. Zoning separates industrial, commercial, recreational, and residential areas from each other. Residential areas may be further zoned into single-family homes and rental complexes. However, certain combinations of zoning may occur in some areas, such as commercial and residential properties. One purpose of zoning is to control the uses of property; for example, to keep environmentally harmful industries away from residential homes. It can also assure aesthetics in residential areas. Zoning regulates population density and building size. Zoning is not done just once; rather, an area of land may be re-zoned at a later date to reflect changing priorities.


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Synonyms For Zoning


physical planning, urban development, urban planning, town planning, urban design


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Zoning are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • BusinessDictionary.com
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 5th May 2019.