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Section 62. For the purposes of sections sixty-one to sixty-two H, inclusive, the following words shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise requires:—

“Agency”, an agency, department, board, commission or authority of the commonwealth, and any authority of any political subdivision which is specifically created as an authority under special or general law.

“Permit”, a permit determination, order or other action, including the issuance of a lease, license, permit, certificate, variance, approval or other entitlement for use, granted to any person, firm or corporation, including trusts, voluntary association or other forms of business organizations by an agency for a project but shall not include a general entitlement to a person to carry on a trade or profession or to operate mechanical equipment which does not depend upon the location of such trade or operation.

“Person”, a private person, firm or corporation, or any governmental entity which is not an agency.

“Project”, work, project, or activity either directly undertaken by an agency, or if undertaken by a person, which seeks the provision of financial assistance by an agency, or requires the issuance of a permit by an agency but shall not include a grant of aid for medical services or personal support, such as welfare or unemployment funds, to an individual or a third party on behalf of an individual.

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