Board of Appeals Application

Notice of Application
When an application (PDF) is filed with the Zoning Board of Appeals, a legal notice announcing the substance of the matter to be heard is published in a local paper, posted in the Clerk’s office and on the Town website, and mailed to abutters within 300 feet.

Appeal Hearings
The hearings are public, and any interested parties are welcome to attend. Following review of testimony, the Board deliberates and announces its decision. The written account of the proceedings is filed with the Town Clerk’s office, and is subject to a 20-day appeal period; all actions are in accordance with Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40A.

Petitioner Meeting
Petitioners are requested to meet with the Building Inspector prior to filing an application for hearing with the Zoning Board of Appeals. The purpose of this meeting will be to review the relief being sought, in an effort to assist the Petitioners in applying for full and proper relief, and to attempt to ensure that the submissions are accurate and complete, without providing any legal or development advice.

Incomplete Applications
Applications that are incomplete can lead to a delay in the decision making, and may result in the denial of relief sought. Any changes made to a plan after the close of the public hearing will require another application, fee, and public hearing (unless said change was mandated by the Board at the hearing).

More Information
Assistance with applications and questions related to the Zoning Board of Appeals may be directed to Noreen Stockman, Zoning Board of Appeals Staff Assistant, in the Town Hall.