A limitation on or prohibition of certain uses of real property. Restrictions may be found in public documents such as zoning ordinances or in private instruments such as deeds or declarations of covenants. They may apply to individual parcels (as in deed restrictions), to whole subdivisions (as in declarations of covenants appearing on or accompanying plats), or to entire by restrictions include such things as type of use permitted (e.g., residential, commercial or industrial), type of development permitted (e.g., quality, design and location of improvements), and privileges and duties of property owners (e.g., property maintenance, landscaping or keeping of animals).

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