A Best Practices Model for Streamlined Local Permitting offers Best Practice #2: Users Guide to Local Permitting. A User's Guide to Local Permitting has long been regarded as an effective way of communicating local policies and procedures with permit applicants. It can ensure that developers, residents and permit granting authorities all have the same information about the permitting process from the beginning. It also helps to educate municipal staff and board and commission members about how local permitting works and how their responsibilities influence the overall process.

Below is a sampling of local permitting guides prepared by Massachusetts cities and towns:

Municipalities are encouraged to use these guides as a resource while gathering information and developing a permitting guide for your community. Specific questions about the permitting guides should be directed to the community that issued the guide.