Q: I own a commercial building in Longmont, Colorado and am applying for a site plan waiver and change of use. See below:
Part of the awning and cement steps in the original established main entrance to the building (built in 1928), encroach slightly on the line for public right-of-way. As far as I know, the steps and cement awning were part of the original construction in 1928. In my pre-application, the city planner is requiring that I apply for and be approved for a "Use of Public Places" permit to continue using this space (in other words, to use the main entrance to my building!). Can the city require me to apply and be "approved" for this permit to use my front door even though it is the primary, established entryway to my building?
A: They can require anything until you challenge their authority. You're going to want to get an attorney on this one. Good luck.
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