What is the state mandated time line for processing Special Permit applications?


Please Note: the following chart is for reference purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Please read the disclaimer on the bottom left hand corner of the chart and refer to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40A for more information.

SPGA - Special Permit Granting Authority - typically either the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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Special Permit Time Line

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