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Boston Zoning and Subdivision Appeals Lawyers


After a local zoning or planning board has denied your permit or approval, you have a limited time to file an appeal. It is important to contact an attorney right away to protect your rights to appeal the denial of zoning relief or subdivision approval.

Since 1973, the Boston zoning and subdivision appeal attorneys at the law firm of Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan, LLP, have provided skilled representation and guidance to property owners and developers. We are dedicated to providing high-quality legal services in and around Boston, throughout eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

Appealing Denied Permits and Variances

If your zoning permit or subdivision approval has been denied, you can appeal the decision of your local board in court. A zoning or subdivision appeal is de novo, meaning that we have the opportunity to present your entire case, as though it were your initial application. Our real estate and development attorneys work with experts, engineers and environmental scientists to address the standards that were applicable to the permit you seek in order to justify the issuance of your permit.

Other Parties May Have Standing to Appeal a Permit

Massachusetts law provides for the possibility of appeal of a permit issued to a nearby property owner by the zoning board if the permission granted adversely affects you or your property. These appeals often turn on the issue of whether the appellant is sufficiently "aggrieved" to have standing to appeal the permit. If a neighboring property has received a permit that affects your land, we can help you appeal the permit and protect your rights as a property owner.

Guidance From Skilled Massachusetts Development and Construction Attorneys

Our lawyers help clients seeking solutions to their development and construction needs. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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Gilman, McLaughlin & Hanrahan LLP
101 Merrimac Street
Suite 810
P.O. Box 9601
Boston, MA 02114-9601

Phone: (617) 580-3180
Fax: (617) 227-7177
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