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How can a person obtain a special permit?

The Boston area is constantly under change in regard to commercial property and land use. Many times, the use of the land that a contractor is considering requires a special permit. Land use in Boston is often challenged and property developers understand that their projects often require multiple hurdles to jump through.

Massachusetts land developers understand that many times their project requires special permits, variances, and other zoning and land use agreements with local and state governments. Many projects do not go as easily as planned and sometimes a special permit is required. A special permit is usually required for a building project that does not meet setback requirements or if the building that is currently there is non-conforming, and the developer wants to make changes to it.

Many land uses require a special permit because of local zoning laws and ordinances. A developer can obtain by the local special permit granting authority for the area, which is usually the planning board or the zoning board. A petition is filed by the landowner and this petition goes through a public hearing. After the public hearing process, the petition is either approved or denied by the zoning board.

An attorney who specializes in commercial land use can help their client through the special permit process. These petitions are often challenged, whether by a neighbor or by a third party. An attorney understands the challenges their client can face in the permitting process and will work tirelessly to make sure their client's project is successful. They can help defend a permit challenge and determine if the party who is challenging the permit has the standing to do so. Massachusetts property developers often run into challenges during their projects but having an attorney on their side can help these challenges go smoothly.

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