Zoning Board of Appeals


The Amesbury Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board. The Board hears and decides on:

  • Requests for Variances
  • Appeals of the decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Officer
  • Requests to alter, modify or extend non-conforming uses and structures
  • Requests for Special Permits and findings as set forth in the Amesbury Zoning Bylaws

Permits can be applied for on OpenGov.

The deadline for submission of new applications is 30 days prior to the meeting date. Applications are to be submitted to the Zoning Enforcement Officer in the Inspectional Services Department. The Officer will review the application for completion. If the application requires editing, you will be notified. Once the application is determined to be complete, it will be processed and provided to the ZBA members.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is the permit granting authority for Findings, Variances, and Special Permits noted as S2 in the Amesbury Zoning Ordinance Table of Use Regulations (Section V). Appeals of decisions may be filed within 20 days of the Board's issuance of a decision.

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