September 19, 2018  9:32 AM 


The purpose of the Zoning Board of Appeals is to hear grievances from Shapleigh property owners as it relates to a decision made by the Code Enforcement Officer or the Planning Board. There are two types of appeals: administrative and variance

In general, an administrative appeal is sought when the applicant believes the CEO or Planning Board erred in its interpretation of the town ordinance or in the processing of the permit application

A variance appeal is sought when the CEO issues a denial of a permit due to the inability to meet dimensional standards of a town ordinance. This appeal requires that the property meet four tests in order to grant a variance, in general:

  1. Ability to yield a reasonable return;
  2. Uniqueness of the property in relation to neighborhood;
  3. Altering the essential character of the locality; and,
  4. Hardship not the result of applicant or prior owner

Application forms, and tax maps for notification to abutters, are available at the town hall. There is a $150 filing fee upon submission of the appeal application. All meetings are open to the public. Applications under appeal are available for inspection at the town hall during normal business hours


    • Harold P. Cebulla, Chairman
    • Patricia Baldwin
    • Karla Bergeron
    • Kathy Fagan
    • Barbara Gilbride, Land Use Secretary