Building Inspection & Zoning

Mission Statement


The mission of the Building Inspection and Zoning Department is to provide information and guidance to residents, realtors, contractors, and attorneys to assist in the navigation of the Town’s Building Codes and Zoning Ordinance.

The Zoning Board of Review is charged with hearing and considering the appeal of decisions made by the Planning Board, The Historic District Commission, and the Zoning Enforcement Officer; holds the authority to grant special use permits and variances from the Zoning Ordinance; and is committed to providing a fair and impartial hearing on all applications, in a timely manner.

Department Functions


The duties performed by the Building Inspection and Zoning Department include, but are not limited to:
  • Enforce the Town’s Building Codes and Zoning Ordinance
  • Enforce the Town’s codes and ordinances affecting health, safety, and welfare
  • Process and issue permits for construction
  • Provide necessary inspections for code compliance, and issue certificates of use and occupancy
  • Review all applications to CRMC for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance
  • Consult and advise property owners on the FEMA floodplain regulations
  • Serve as Clerk of the Building Code Board of Appeals for variances from Building Codes
  • Serve as Zoning Enforcement Officer and Clerk of the Zoning Board of Review:
  • Process variance, special use permit, and Planning Board decision appeal applications
  • Formulate advertisements and schedule hearings
  • Process and record minutes and decisions in the land evidence records
  • Investigate complaints, issue violation notices of noncompliance of regulations, and prosecute if necessary
  • Research and issue zoning certificates when requested
  • Responsible for the maintenance needs of Town Hall’s building and grounds
  • Assists other departments with construction projects, research, and investigations
  • The duties performed by the Zoning Board of Review include, but are not limited to:
    • Hear and consider the appeal of decisions made by the Planning Board, The Historic District Commission, and the Zoning Enforcement Officer
    • Have authority to grant variances from the Zoning Ordinance
    • Have authority to grant special use permits