Why do I need a Special Permit or Variance?
The most common reason why a Special Permit is necessary is that the proposed dwelling or altered dwelling does not meet setback requirements set forth in the bylaw. Therefore, in order to "alter, change or extend a pre-existing non-conforming structure", you may need relief from the bylaw in the form of a Special Permit or Variance. Usually you will be referred to the Board of Appeals by the Building Commissioner upon application for a building permit. Requirements for a Special Permit or Variance are set forth in the Zoning bylaw.

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1. Why do I need a Special Permit or Variance?
2. How long does it take to get a Special Permit or Variance?
3. What's the difference between a Special Permit and a Variance?
4. I just received a notice that my neighbor is applying for a Special Permit or Variance for his property. What should I do?
5. What happens at the public hearing?
6. What happens after the Board reaches a decision?
7. What if I 'm not happy with the Board's decision?