Zoning Board of Appeals

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IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATED TO ZBA BUSINESS DURING THE CURRENT DECLARED STATE OF EMERGENCY

FOLLOWING EMERGENCY LEGISLATION ADOPTED BY THE STATE ON APRIL 3, 2020 PLEASE BE ADVISED:

  • NEW APPLICATIONS: IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT ALL PARTIES REFRAIN FROM SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL AFTER THE TERMINATION OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY. PLEASE CLICK ON
  • PENDING ZBA CASES: ALL CURRENT MATTERS BEFORE THE BOARD ARE ON HOLD DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND ALL APPLICANTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD MONITOR THE TOWN’S WEBSITE FOR OFFICIAL UPDATES.
  • PLEASE VISIT  https://malegislature.gov/Laws/SessionLaws/Acts/2020/Chapter53, SEE SECTION 17 FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Purpose: 

The Board is established pursuant to the provisions of Mass General Law Ch. 40, Sec. 30, MGL Ch. 40A, Sec. 14 and MGL Ch. 41, Sec. 81Z and is designated as the Zoning Board of Appeals required by MGL Ch. 40A, Sec. 12. The Board acts on Variances and Special Permits as prescribed by the rules and regulations adopted by the Zoning Board of Appeals of Wayland under the authority of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chapter 40A, Section 12.

The Zoning By-laws provide for certain building requirements, and it is the role of the Board of Appeals to determine whether relief from these regulations is warranted in certain situations. To that end, the Board of Appeals  hears,  and makes decisions on applications for:

  • Alteration or extension of a pre-existing, non-conforming structure or lot
  • Appeals of the decisions of the Building Inspector
  • Comprehensive Permits
  • Special permits for the reconstruction
  • Special Permits
  • Variances from zoning regulations

Duties:

The Board makes every effort to consider the opinions of the petitioners, their neighbors, and other interested Town entities such as the:
  • Board of Health
  • Board of Selectmen
  • Building Inspector
  • Conservation Commission
  • Historical Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Town Engineer