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PERMITS WHICH MAY BE REQUIRED WHEN OPENING A BUSINESS
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This chart is only provided as a guide and may not encompass all approvals necessary
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Click on the links below for more information or to contact the appropriate office or department
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Required Actions/StepsDept/AgencyHome Based BusinessOccupy commercial space, no food/drink for the publicOccupy commercial space with food/drink offered (even free of charge)Change use in retail or other business spaceRenovation, fit-out, new construction, expansion, exterior or interior
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Obtain Zoning PermitZoning OfficerAcessory Use Home Occupation PermitZoning Permit RequiredZoning Permit RequiredWaiver of Site Plan/Change of Use/Change of TenantZoning Permit Required
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Obtain Highlands ExemptionZoning Officer (sometimes, planner/engineer or Highlands Council)For new construction, expansion in Preserv ation Area
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Obtain Certificate of AppropriatenessHistoric Preservation CommissionNeeded for new signs and light fixtures if in Historic districtNeeded for new signs and light fixtures if in Historic districtNeeded for new signs and light fixtures if in Historic districtNeeded for new signs and light fixtures if in Historic districtWhen in a Historic district
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Land Use Development Approval from Planning Board or Zoning Board of AdjustmentPlanning or Zoning BoardMay Require Zoning Board Variance Approval*May require site plan^, variance*
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Obtain Health License Plan Review required firstHealth DepartmentMay require septic reviewFood License RequiredMay require septic permit, food license
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Obtain Construction PermitsConstruction DepartmentMay Need Construction Permit(s) if alterations are doneMay Need Construction Permit(s) if alterations are doneMay Need Construction Permit(s) if alterations are doneMay Need Construction Permit(s) if alterations are doneConstruction Permit(s) Required
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Obtain CO Certificate of Occupancy or ApprovalConstruction DepartmentMay need Construction Dept. Certificate of ApprovalCertificate of Occupancy Required
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Fire Safety Registration Fire OfficialAnnual Registration RequiredAnnual Registration RequiredAnnual Registration RequiredAnnual Registration Required
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Planning/Zoning Boards: *
Variance Application Form - Part A General Information
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Title: Planning Board Minor Site Plan
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Variance Application Form - Part B Checklist
Fees
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Zoning Board of Adjustment Fee Schedule
General Site Plan Application Form - Part A (Rev. May 5, 2003)
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Board of Adjustment Brochure
Minor Site Plan Checklist - Part B (Form B3 5-5-03)
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Title: Planning Board Preliminary Site Plan Form:
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General Site Plan Application Form - Part A (Rev. May 5, 2003)
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Preliminary Approval Checklist - Part B (Form SP-B1 Sept. 15, 2004)
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Statement on Variances/Waivers (Form SP-C-4-1989)
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Title: Planning Board Final Site Plan
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General Site Plan Application Form - Part A (Rev. May 5, 2003)
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Final Approval Checklist - Part B (Form SP-B2 April 2004)
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Affidavit of Compliance - Part D (Form SP-D-4-1989)
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All Site Plan Applications Also Require:
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Highlands Questionnaire
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Highlands Checklist Ordinance
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Highlands Map
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Soil Disturbance Application
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