How long does it take to get a special permit?
The appeal process generally takes approximately two months. Because each application is different, some may take more time, and some less. You can help move the process along by providing the Board with accurate, up-to-date information, making sure that you have provided all necessary information (including Certified Plot Plans) and making sure that your property is clearly numbered and the locations of proposed construction are clearly staked at least seven days prior to the hearing date.

View the Directions for Filing Application (PDF).

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1. How long does it take to get a special permit?
2. Why do I need a special permit?
3. What’s the difference between a special permit and a variance?
4. Do I need a lawyer?
5. I just received notice that my neighbor is applying for a special permit or variance for his property. What should I do? I’d like to present my opinion to the Board. Do I need to attend the hearing?
6. What happens at the public hearing?
7. What happens after the Board reaches a decision?
8. Why do I have to wait 20 days?
9. When is the decision effective?
10. What if I’m not happy with the Board’s decision?
11. I want to add an accessory apartment to my home. What do I need to do?
12. I have an illegal apartment and want to sell my home. What should I do?