What approvals do I need to open a new business?

The first step is identifying what type of business you would like to open, how it’s classified in the city code, and if it’s allowed in the area or building you selected. A list of allowable uses, which includes categories of businesses and commercial establishments can be found in the Permitted Use Table, here. Certain types of uses or businesses may require a more extensive review by the Department of Planning and Development. For most general retail, a Change of Use application filed with a Building Permit from the Department of Buildings and Regulatory Compliance, may suffice.

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1. What is my zoning district?
2. How do I know if a property is zoned for what I would like to do?
3. Where are cannabis dispensaries allowed and what's required to operate one?
4. What approvals do I need to open a new business?
5. My bank (or licensing agency) says I need a letter verifying my property’s zoning. How do I get one?
6. How do I see if I’m located in a Historic District?
7. Do I need approvals to do exterior work on my property if it’s located in a Historic District?
8. How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Resources Commission?
9. Are there restrictions on the size of structures and where they can be placed?
10. How do I consolidate multiple parcels into one?
11. Are there regulations for signs?
12. Are there regulations for fences?
13. Can I build a carport, garage or other accessory structure on my property?
14. Can I install a driveway or parking area?
15. Can I add more residential units to my building?
16. Can I run a business out of my home?
17. Can I install a pool?
18. How do I obtain a Café Permit?
19. How do I apply for a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals?
20. How do I submit for Planning Board Review?
21. How do I know if I need a building permit?