Check your zoning laws before you add to your home!

Amesbury files suit over hot tub was written by the Daily News on May 11, 2012 and discusses why you should check your zoning laws before you add to your home! This is a classic example of the importance of checking with your town prior to installing a hot tub or making any major changes to your home. Talk to your building inspector or check with the town offices first.

Excerpt of “Amesbury Files Suit Over Hot Tub”

The city is alleging that an outdoor hot tub installed by Lake Attitash Road resident Debra Dow sometime prior to December 2009 was built within 5 feet of her property line in violation of the city’s zoning bylaws.

In addition, the city has no record of a building permit for the project, violating another regulation.Dow served on the Municipal Council until 2001 and later served on the Board of Assessors as chairwoman. She left the assessors board in 2008.

After more than two years of correspondence, hearings and filings seeking the removal or relocation of the hot tub, the city has taken legal action against Dow in the form of a complaint filed at Lawrence Superior Court on May 3.

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