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  1. [local government] The application of local government regulations that permit certain land uses within geographic areas under the governments jurisdiction. Zoning regulations typically set a broad category of land use permissible in an area, such as residential, commercial, agricultural, or industrial. Zoning regulations can also set constraints on building construction within areas, which may affect factors such as the maximum height of structures, minimum setbacks from property lines, the amount of parking that must be provided, or the density of housing.