Salem moves to change building permit process
The new process should help streamline the building process and help avoid delays for those seeking permits, according to Assistant Town Manager Leon Goodwin.
“Both efforts were rejected by the voters, but we’re going to try again,” said Moldoff.
At a public hearing on the amendment, resident Betty Gay asked why the notice was going to be given after the permit was already issued.
Moldoff said that even after a permit is issued, residents still have 10 days in which to file an appeal of the building inspector’s decision.
“The reality is that that does not happen,” said Moldoff. He said that it could happen, but that over the past five years, no one in the building department can recall an appeal of an issued building permit.
“The delay in the building permits of five days only slows down and delays people,” said Goodwin. He added that under state statute, the town is not required to give public notice of the building permits.
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