How to plan an application objection letter

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How to plan an application objection letter
Express opposition to a construction project by writing an application objection letter. (Scott Quinn Photography/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Application objection letters are commonly written to formally express opposition to a proposed construction project. If someone has applied for construction permits from your county to build or remodel a home or business in your neighbourhood in a manner that you oppose, you can write an objection letter to the county to ask them not to approve the application. You can ask other neighbours to sign your letter and submit the letter as a group, or you can each submit your own letters.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Read the proposal to which you will be objecting. Make sure you completely understand the proposed project before you begin to write your objection letter. Don't form an opinion of the project based on what you've heard from neighbours or other sources. Get your facts straight by contacting the people who submitted the proposal, asking for more information about their project.

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    Make a list of the grievances that you have with the proposed project. You can list that the proposed project could obstruct your view, permanently change or destroy a building that has local historical value, lower your property value, cause you to lose privacy or bring unwanted traffic to the area. Decide which of your grievances are most important and list them from most to least important. Address the top three in-depth in your letter to attract a reader's attention and to show that you are making a serious complaint.

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    Write your letter. Explain your situation and be rational. Explain how close you live to the proposed project site and how long you've lived in the area. Dedicate one paragraph to each of your top three grievances and discuss in detail, but keep your letter to one page. Ask your neighbours for help in drafting your letter so you can be sure that everyone's opinions are included if you want them to sign your letter and submit it as a group. Find out what the deadline is to submit your letter or if there will be a public meeting, at which you can submit your letter.

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