Bail Agents And Toxic Zoning Laws

While few would argue that bail agents provide a distinct community service, zoning laws have often thwarted their best intentions because they prevent the establishment of offices in certain areas of a city. One would think that due to the nature of their jobs, their places of businesses should be situated where they can be exposed to potential customers, but this is not always the case. Zoning laws can be a silent hindrance of legitimate commerce and although the process to change them can be tedious and long, it can be done with the right approach and determination.


 

How can a bail bond company fight local zoning laws? The following ideas offer several steps in the right direction.

• Educate the community and the local government

Perhaps due to stereotypes or misinformation, many people regard bail agents as neighborhood undesirables. Education is a powerful tool when it comes to altering perceptions about the benefits of bail. The idea is to convince the publics that a bail business will act as a deterrent to crime and not a contributing factor.  

While you may believe that this is easier said than done, a good beginning is to make yourself visible within your community. Speak at city meetings and get involved with the important issues pertaining to your neighborhood. Become a voice of reason and commitment.

• Understand the zoning laws thoroughly

 You can’t fight something you don’t understand.  Do your homework and find out why the laws are the way they are. Try to negotiate a balance that can lead to satisfaction on both sides.

 

• In unity there is strength

Unite with other bail agents for a louder voice. Think big with your forces behind you and begin your campaign at the doorstep of both state and national associations where decisions can be made.

•  Ask for local help

The best source would be a local attorney who knows the existing zoning laws. Such a professional will delve into precedents from other states and use that as ammunition against the courts to fight for your right to operate a business within a certain district.

• Be where the decisions on zoning laws are made

This will require giving up some personal time to attend city council and zoning board meetings and speaking your mind. In the long run, this can pay off as in many instances; the proper words said in confidence can turn the prevailing opinion around.

• Become one of powers-that-be

If you can’t beat them, join them, as the old saying goes. What’s to stop you from running for election to the local zoning board? You will have more influence over a board decision if you are considered one of them.

Don’t take no for an answer and keep trying until you get what you want. There is never any guarantee about victory over any issue, but a determined attitude spits in the face of that. Fight and fight some more to defeat harsh and unfair zoning laws.

Laws are not unbreakable, only stubborn.

You be more stubborn.

Good luck.

Posted by M Dee Dubroff, on March 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM