Do I need a lawyer?
Legal representation is not necessary. Many applicants have successfully presented their applications to the Board. However, you may find the process easier if you have assistance from someone who is familiar with the Zoning Bylaw, such as an attorney, an engineer or a zoning consultant.

The application process includes a public hearing, at which you or your representative must present the application to the board, and answer questions from the board. There are no restrictions on whom you may choose as a representative. Some people do not feel comfortable speaking before the Board, and therefore choose to have a representative.

This representative could be a professional, or simply a friend or family member. If you choose to represent yourself, please take the time to familiarize yourself with the applicable sections of the Zoning Bylaw, and make sure that you have provided all the necessary information. You may also make an appointment to speak with the Zoning Administrator about your application, to make sure that your application is complete.

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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?