okay - the business community is skewering me because of our onerous permitting process - "the town" is causing all the economic problems for small businesses so I want to compare what we do to what others do (maybe they are right)
here's the made-up but probable scenario:
I have a building with a restaurant in it that I want to turn into a retail store. I am located in the core/central business district. I will renovate the facade and put up a new sign, some interior work. Both the existing and proposed use are allowed in the zoning.
what permits do I need, who do I need to see, how long does it take and how much will it cost me? if a public board is involved, explain that further
thanks folks for your help - I will post what I require later in the week!