Home Business Magazine June 2012 : Page 51

home. Indeed, most government officials do not have the time or resources to regularly check to see whether you are operating your business within the confines of the zoning bylaw or ordinance, and so they rely on constituents to keep them informed about any potential violations. Even if you are following the letter of the law for home-based businesses, you can still be subject to nuisance claims by neighbors, potentially exposing you and your business to fines or even legal proceedings. Even if you are “ following the letter of the law for home-based businesses, you can still be subject to nuisance claims by neighbors, potentially exposing you and your business to fines or even legal proceedings. ” By following the rules and regulations for operating a home-based business in your zoning district, you will remain a good neighbor and reduce your chances of creating a nuisance situation for your It is always wise to keep on hand a copy of any permit applications neighborhood. that you have filed with the municipality, as well as any original Because noise and permits or certificates that you receive from the building inspector traffic are the two and/or zoning authority. primary concerns for anyone living in a residential area, With proper research, compliance with pay attention to the number of deliveries zoning code requirements, and consideration to and from your home; be cognizant for your neighbors, operating a home-of any on-street parking deficit caused based business will not only be a profitable by your business; and keep noise and endeavor, but a lawful one, too. other nuisances to an absolute minimum. Moreover, reach out to neighbors to let Kristen M. Ploetz, Esq., is a freelance writer and zoning/land use attorney licensed in them know how they can contact you the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She if there is any disturbance being caused is Manager and Founder of Green Lodestar & Consulting, LLC by your business. This often goes a long Communications (www.greenlodestar.com) which provides way toward good neighbor relations and writing and consulting services in the areas of land use law, local agriculture and keeping the peace. living green. May/June 2012 | Home Business ® 51

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