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Frequently Asked Questions
Questions
What Zoning District is my property located in and what use is allowed?
When do I need a special permit, variance or site plan approval?
How long does the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.) hearing process take?
What are the submittal requirements for the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
What fee’s must be paid to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
How often does the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.) meet?
How do I schedule a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
What do I do with the Zoning Board of Appeals Decision once the twenty (20) day appeal period has expired?
How long is a Variance or Special Permit good for?
If the Zoning Board of Appeals has granted the relief requested, can I get my Building Permit?
What should I do if I see someone is violating the Town’s Zoning By-Law?
What Zoning District is my property located in and what use is allowed?
The Town of Wayland "Zoning Map" is available for reference in the lobby outside the Building Department of the Wayland Town Building. See "Zoning Map" and "Overlay Districts". For more specific information regarding Zoning Information you can reference the "Town of Wayland Zoning By-Laws" or schedule an appointment with the Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer for an official interpretation.

When do I need a special permit, variance or site plan approval?
The Town of Wayland Zoning By-Laws, establish specific dimensional requirements and allowed uses within various Zoning Districts. The Zoning Act (M.G.L. Chapter 40A) defines the statutory requirements and process to follow for each of these types of relief to obtain the necessary approvals. The Board having jurisdiction may vary depending on the type of relief requested. In any case, it would either be The Zoning Board of Appeals or The Planning Board.

How long does the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.) hearing process take?
Approximately ninety (90) days from the date your "Zoning Board of Appeals Application for Hearing" is filed with the Building Department.

What are the submittal requirements for the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
For more detailed information regarding the submittal requirements for the Zoning Board of Appeals, see "Zoning Board of Appeals Checklist" and "Submitting Zoning Board of Appeals Application for hearing".

What fee’s must be paid to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
The fee’s vary depending on the type of project being proposed. The applicant is responsible for costs incurred for advertising as well as a filing fee. See "Fee Schedule for Zoning Board of Appeals" for more detailed information.

How often does the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.) meet?
The Zoning Board of Appeals meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. See "Hearing Meeting Schedule" for actual dates of the hearings.

How do I schedule a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.)?
All Applications are processed and scheduled on a first come first serve basis at the Building Department. Submittals must be complete and separated into nine (9) sets with plans folded. We suggest you follow our "Zoning Board of Appeals Checklist" to avoid any unnecessary delay’s in processing your Application. See "Schedule for Zoning Board of Appeals Application for Hearing" for more specific information regarding the process.

What do I do with the Zoning Board of Appeals Decision once the twenty (20) day appeal period has expired?
The Building Department will notify you by mail, the day you can pickup the original Z.B.A. decision for filing. You then must bring the Z.B.A. decision to the Town Clerk’s Office, so they may certify no appeal has been filed. Once certified by the Town Clerk’s Office you may file the Zoning Board of Appeals (Z.B.A.) Decision. See "Recording Zoning Board of Appeals Decision with The Registry of Deeds" for more specific information and directions to the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds.

How long is a Variance or Special Permit good for?
The rights under a Variance must be exercised within one (1) year from the date the decision is filed (M.G.L. 40A Section 10) and rights under a Special Permit must be exercised within two (2) years from the date the decision is filed. (M.G.L. 40A Section 9)

If the Zoning Board of Appeals has granted the relief requested, can I get my Building Permit?
You have completed the first step in a two step process. You now must apply for and be issued a Building Permit. See "Building Department" for more specific information regarding "Application for Building Permit".

What should I do if I see someone is violating the Town’s Zoning By-Law?
Complaints should be filed in writing to the Attention of the Building Commissioner/Zoning Enforcement Officer (M.G.L. Chapter 40A Section 7) describing the type of violation, location of violation and the time at which violation occurred.

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