Local permitting is not for the faint of heart. There are no law school classes on the subject, few relevant continuing legal education courses, and there is little professional literature on the subject. There is often considerable variation in rules and enforcement from agency to agency and from municipality to municipality. Local permitting has few clear guidelines and is fraught with uncertainty, a problem that can be compounded by the fact that the client rarely enters the process with a realistic expectation of the time and costs involved.
This article sets forth a few practice tips, as well as some warnings for the unwary, that may help guide the permit-seeker. Patience and flexibility are key assets as you proceed through the process.
Read more from the Boston Bar Journal: "You Need a Permit for That?" Some Practical Tips for Local Permitting