Introduction: Land Use & Zoning on Long Island (i.e. Suffolk & Nassau Counties), New York
Land use and zoning on Long Island can be a challenging process due to widespread development, and the number of jurisdictions that possess authority to control zoning and land use activity. Suffolk County, Nassau County, all of the towns (e.g. East Hampton, Brookhaven, Riverhead, Hempstead, Oyster Bay, etc.) and the incorporated villages located therein, have regulations regarding land use and development.
Experienced attorneys who practice land use and zoning law are well aware of the many rules, guidelines and laws that can impact upon land use decisions. Owners of commercial or residential property should NEVER assume that a particular land use activity is simple and will not require at least some form of governmental or municipal review. Typically, any type of demolition or construction will require a permit or other approval.
To avoid fines, violations and other problems, always consult with an experienced land use and zoning attorney before you work on your property.
Selecting the Right Attorney for Your Land Use Issue
As soon as you consider a demolition or construction project, you should contact an attorney that is well experienced in the practice of zoning and land use law on Long Island. Attorneys that are experienced in this field have spent many years developing their craft and have built strong reputations for honesty, business sense and planning wisdom. Municipal officials are aware of and respect the attorneys that provide valuable representation to their clients.
Ask around, do your research and then contact and interview as many attorneys as you can. Select the one with whom you feel comfortable and whom you trust as providing you with good, common sense advice. Usually, with zoning issues, there are few "short cuts". A good attorney will advise you how to do things properly the first time without risking your time and money on schemes intended to bypass zoning rules and regulations.
Zoning is one area where following the rules pays off in the long run.
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Check with your local town or village regarding its particular zoning and land use regulations.
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