Successful permitting hinges on a number of factors: in-depth knowledge of current and emerging regulations; understanding the implications of early stage design concepts; engaging with the client's team, including legal counsel, consultants, and scientists; preparing comprehensive application packages; and nurturing community relationships throughout the entire process.

Site permitting is critical to project progress. Our client's schedules rely heavily on timely project approval from local, state, and federal authorities. SMMA is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive permitting services from our in-house team of site designers, architects, and engineers.  


Our experience is vast, having provided a variety of permitting services for both regional and national projects. We understand that each state and municipality has different regulatory requirements that affect the design and permitting of a project. At the outset, our team evaluates applicable codes and regulations associated with the site and project type, then develops a permitting strategy in cooperation with the entire project team. By doing so, we are able to not only identify and define opportunities, but also mitigate risks through proper collaboration with critical stakeholders, effective analysis, and early design decisions.

Importance of Team Collaboration Through the Permitting Process

Why Permitting Matters

School projects are challenging for so many reasons. Chief among them: Permitting. In Massachusetts, particularly, the simple fact is that good building sites are difficult to come by.

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