Zoning & Permitting
State and local governments regulate the use of private property, and the construction of buildings and other structures through various statutes, codes, bylaws, and ordinances whose general purpose is to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the present and future inhabitants of a region, city or town. Zoning regulations are also the mechanisms used to preserve aesthetic, environmental, and cultural features of a particular community. Zoning regulations, however, often have an economic impact and can restrict the purpose or use of private property, buildings or structures. Even if a bylaw or ordinance permits a certain activity or use in a particular zoning district, the property owner still must obtain all of the required permits before he or she can proceed with the project. Driscoll & Gibson will help you secure the necessary approvals, permits, and variances necessary for your project and will appear in your behalf before the building inspector, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Commission. By getting Driscoll & Gibson involved early in the process, a developer or property owner can avoid enforcement actions by a city or town, and can eliminate unnecessary and time consuming delays in bringing a project to conclusion.