I just had a potential owner tell me how frustrated he was because he thought he found the perfect site to develop self-storage, all to find out it was in the wrong zone.
He needed guidance (Our team has over 75 years combined experience in the self-storage industry) and he needed a road map to follow(Storage Authority Development Dynamic Ease Guidebook), all things we provide our franchise owners.
Before you embark on this journey, it's crucial to ensure that your chosen location aligns with your business goals and adheres to local regulations. Otherwise, you are just blindly looking for land which will end up becoming an aggravating experience.
Here are four key questions to ask your City Planner or Zoning Agent to set the stage for a successful self-storage venture:
Which Zones Permit Self-Storage? Understanding the zoning regulations is paramount. Begin by inquiring about the zones that permit self-storage facilities within your target area. Your City Planner can provide valuable insights into the specific zones where it will make sense to search.
Are There Any Self-Storage Regulations? How Can You Get a Copy? Online? Navigate the regulatory landscape by asking about any specific regulations governing self-storage facilities in your chosen location. Obtain a copy of these regulations to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements and restrictions. Many municipalities make these documents accessible online, streamlining the research process.
Is the Zoning Map Online? Where? Can You Purchase a Larger Zoning Map at the City Hall? They Are Often Hard to Read Online. Locate the zoning map online to get a preliminary understanding of the designated zones. However, zoning maps can be intricate, and online versions may not capture all the details. Enquire about the availability of larger, more detailed zoning maps at the city hall, where you can purchase or review a physical copy. This ensures a more accurate understanding of the zoning layout, facilitating informed decisions.
By proactively seeking answers to these four critical questions, you lay the groundwork for your success as a Storage Authority franchise. Clear zoning regulations and a thorough understanding of the local landscape empower you to make informed decisions, ensuring your self-storage venture aligns seamlessly with the community and regulatory requirements. Take the initiative to engage with your City Planner or Zoning Agent.
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This article was originally published on the Storage Authority Franchise Blog, January 2024
Storage Authority Franchising is about owning your own hometown self-storage business and having the professional systems and knowledge to assist and guide you. We like to say You are in business for yourself but not by yourself. If you are thinking about self-storage you owe it to yourself to contact Garrett Byrd at Direct: 941-928-1354 or Garrett@StorageAuthority.com to learn more about the Storage Authority Franchise opportunity.