Land Use, Permitting & Municipal Law

The owner and developer of property on Cape Cod must contend with a local and state regulatory context that is sometimes confusing and difficult to navigate without skilled guidance.

Because of the firm’s history and experience, we know and have worked with the community of local technical experts – surveyors, engineers, coastal scientists, biologists and environmental experts – necessary for success in a complex project. We can facilitate the operation of a team approach in shaping a presentation and ensure that all of the experts are conveying a consistent message.

While adept in many areas, La Tanzi, Spaulding & Landreth’s land use, permitting and municipal law attorneys have particular expertise in:


  • Representation before zoning and planning boards for special permits, variances and appeals of building inspector decisions
  • Counsel and analysis concerning the buildable status and potential uses of property


  • Subdivision of land into separate lots for sale or development
  • Representation before planning boards on all matters including site plan review

State and Local Wetlands Law

  • Representation before local conservation commissions
  • Identification and evaluation of wetlands issues

General and Local Permitting

  • Representation before Boards of Selectmen and other boards for other permitting such as business and liquor licenses, Board of Health matters

Historic Protection Law

  • Representation before local historic district commissions
  • Representation before local commissions on “Demolition Delay” bylaw applications

General Municipal Law

  • Interpretation and application of locally enacted bylaws and regulations