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?
first of all, you should visit the Board of Appeals office to review the plans prior to the hearing. The Board receives commentary from the public during the hearing process, and considers these comments in rendering a decision.

Comments may be either written or oral. Both go into the formal record of the hearing. It is probably most effective to both write a letter and attend the hearing, however it is not necessary to attend the hearing. Letters received by the Board prior to the hearing will be read into the record by a Board member during the public hearing.

It is important to note that after the hearing is closed, the Board will no longer take comments from the public on the application.

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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?