What Are Comprehensive Permits, And How Are They Used To Create Affordable Housing?

A comprehensive permit is issued by a municipality to a developer who proposes to build housing in which at least 25% of the units are affordable to low­income residents. A comprehensive permit is an all­encompassing permit which subsumes all permits and approvals normally issued by other local boards. A comprehensive permit typically allows a developer to build at a higher density than is normally allowed under a town's zoning laws. For more information contact DHCD's department of private housing at 617­727­7824

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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