The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is essentially a court consisting of local volunteers who judge applicants claims that they cannot comply with the zoning regulations because the regulations affect their land in some unique way. This land based hardship can be the basis for a variance to be granted from the zoning regulations. If a variance is granted, the applicant does not have to comply with a specific provision of the zoning regulations. The ZBA also hears appeals from people who feel staff has made an error in interpreting or enforcing a provision of the zoning regulations, or if they have been denied a zoning permit from the Zoning Enforcement Officer.
Use this link to find regulations, application forms, guides, and other helpful information for the Planning Department and its boards and commissions. Use the "ZBA" tab to find information specific to the Zoning Board of Appeals.