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Old 09-29-2020, 02:41 PM   #2
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Join Date: 10-19-15
Location: City, MN

Most regulations are on line these days; try to find the pertinent sections of your city ordinances and study them to the point of memorization.

Have a face-to-face visit, scheduled ahead of time, and try to create a positive relationship with the person/people you meet with. Ask for advice, be submissive, try to elicit sympathy. Take good notes, consider asking for a letter summarizing the meeting if it goes well.

Do not argue or threaten, especially do not argue with their interpretation of their own regulations. Do not even threaten to go over their heads to their boss or to an elected official. If you make yourself a jerk in their eyes, they can ruin your business. They are civil servants and will be there forever. You will not. The elected officials will not.

The most powerful person in the world is a clerk who has a piece of paper that you need.
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