Zoning Board of Appeals Permitting Guide
Zoning Board of Appeals
70 Tapley Street
Mike Jachym, Zoning Administrator
7:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday -Friday
Last Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. City Hall 36 Court Street, Room 220
E. Henry Twiggs, Chairman
Attorney Brenda Doherty, Vice-Chair
Jose Gonzalez (alternate)
Walter Gould (alternate)
Description of Board:
The five member board is a permit granting authority that hears appeals taken by any person aggrieved by reason of his inability to obtain a permit or enforcement action from any administrative officer under the provisions of the Building Code, by the regional planning agency in whose area the city is situated or by any order or decision by any person, including an officer or board of the city, or an abutting city or town aggrieved by an order or decision of the inspector of buildings, or other ordinance or by-law adopted under it.
Process for Obtaining Permit(s):
Applications can be obtained at the Inspectional Services Department- Building Division located at 70 Tapley Street. Instructions are included with application form.
Legal ad published twice in local newspaper; first ad must be at least 14 days prior to date of the public hearing. Applicant responsible for advertising costs.
Time Frame for Public Hearing:
Within 65 days from the date of filing a completed application. Under certain circumstances the time limit may be extended upon written agreement between the applicant and the Board of Appeals.
Time Frame for Decision:
Within 100 days following date of filing of the application. Copies of the decision must be filed with the City Clerk within 14 days.
Within 20 days after decision is filed with City Clerk, file appeal in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40A s.17.
There is a $400.00 application fee for residential property, $500.00 for commercial property.
MGL Chapter 40A