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  • Land Use and Zoning Law

    Land Use and Zoning Law Definition

    Implementing any real estate project (both complex or simple) should start with a detailed analysis of the legal and economic feasibility of the project and, at this stage, the engagement of land use and zoning lawyers is essential. Qualified lawyers specializing in land use and zoning law can provide both foreign and local investors with information regarding the possibility, estimated timing, and legal risks of the project’s implementation.

    Over the past decade, town planning and zoning regulation in Russia has been undergoing intense development. In general, strategic planning/zoning in Russia is regulated by the Land Code and the Town Planning Code of the Russian Federation. These codes set out the general legal rules which control the development and use of land and the construction procedure. In addition, there are also documents which are developed at the federal, regional, and local levels and establish planning and zoning restrictions for each particular area/site. Considering the huge area of the Russian Federation and the variety of landscapes (flat, mountainous, coastal, etc.), there are many regional and local acts which prescribe development rules.

    The task of the lawyer is to provide the investor’s technical and commercial team with clear information on the legal status of the project site, on development restrictions, and on the regime of applicable encumbrances and limitations which may substantially affect the efficiency and commercial viability of the entire project. Land use and zoning lawyers also help investors in overcoming administrative and bureaucratic difficulties, for example preparing the set of documents required to obtain the necessary approvals and authorizations, including construction and commissioning permits which are the principal documents in the construction process. Land use and zoning law has to be considered not only in greenfield projects but also in projects which involve the redevelopment of territory or the re-fitting of existing buildings and infrastructure facilities.

    DLA Piper has one of the strongest and experienced teams of land use and zoning lawyers in Russia, which is consistently being rated highly in legal directories and has a reputation for efficiently providing commercial guidance. Our team advises on all aspects of planning, zoning, and development law, and regularly project manages complex schemes from their very beginning. When advising on planning issues, we focus on maximizing the opportunities presented by real estate assets, both development projects and existing buildings. We are skilled in reviewing application documents, shaping strategy, securing permission, and minimizing the risk of judicial review for applications. Our practice is international and our international colleagues work closely together to advise on planning/zoning issues globally. Our team acts for promoters, developers, foreign direct investors, regulators, and government departments, and we are familiar with the pressures faced by private and public sector clients.

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