What is a Zoning Determination and what does it mean to my project?

The Building Commissioner is also the Zoning Enforcement Officer for the Town of Webster. It is his job to review the Zoning By-Law as it relates to land use development questions. It is also his job to enforce the zoning rules and regulations

Land use permits include all those required prior to receiving any building permits. These land use permits fall under the jurisdiction of the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Conservation Commission.

Once you are ready to move forward with a project, large or small, you’ll need to know a number of things to help determine if you require any land use permits such as the zoning district of the property and if it is within any of the conservation resource areas. The Zoning Enforcement Officer will review your information and make a determination if you can proceed directly to the construction phase or if you will need to appear before any of the land use boards noted above. Here’s an example of the process:

Zoning Determination Flow Chart

The Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) will direct you to staff who can assist you in applying for the determined land use permits. In some cases, such as variances and special permits you may need to obtain a written zoning determination from the ZEO. Please review the submission requirements for the land use permits required.

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1. Getting Help – Where to Go? What to Do?
2. How permitting works - building permits vs. land use permits?
3. What permit(s) do I need?
4. What is a Zoning Determination and what does it mean to my project?
5. What happens after I file my application?
6. What is the state mandated time line for processing a Variance application?
7. What is the state mandated time line for processing Special Permit applications?
8. Do permits expire? How do I extend the time period for my permit?
9. Abutter Notification - What Do I Need to Know?
10. I have a project idea but I'm not ready to submit a formal application. What are my options?
11. How do I review all materials submitted in advance of the meeting?
12. I have a question that isn’t on this list – Now What?