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Zoning Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is also known as the Zoning Board of Appeals, or the ZBA. The Board of Appeals hears applications filed for certain Special Permits, Variances, Administrative Appeals and Comprehensive Permits pursuant to Chapter 40A Massachusetts General Laws.

Click HERE for MGL Chapter 40A, Section 10  Variances


The Planning & Zoning Board is a separate board supported by the Department of Planning & Economic Development. Applications for Site Plan Approval, Subdivisions, and other Special Permits are reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Board. If you are not sure which board you are looking for, please contact the Board of Appeals Clerk or the Department of Planning and Economic Development.

 40A – Variances are one time permits granted to the petitioner or appellant. Variances can lift terms of the zoning by law for specific projects, if the ZBA finds that the lot or structures are constrained relative to topography, soil conditions or lot shape. 

 Apply for a variance using the online module and when complete a hearing will be scheduled. 

 40B - Chapter 40B is a state statute, which enables local Zoning Boards of Appeals to approve affordable housing developments under flexible rules if at least 20-25% of the units have long-term affordability restrictions. 

 Apply for a comprehensive permit using the online module and when complete a hearing will be scheduled. 


As of December 11, 2017, the Easton Zoning Board of Appeals has transitioned to online permitting.  All applications to the Easton Zoning Board of Appeals must be submitted online. 

Click HERE to submit a new application to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

All new applicants must first Register.
Please call the Zoning Board of Appeals' Office for assistance (508) 230-0591.

Application Process Instructions

Click HERE to access the Public View of current applications.

For New Users: Click HERE for online permitting Application Instructions.

Meeting Schedule
2021 Zoning Board of Appeals Schedule
2022 Zoning Board of Appeals Schedule

Contact Us

Office Hours
Monday: 8:30 AM to 7:30 PM; Tuesday - Thursday: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Staff: Suzanne Niego-Levy, Clerk, Zoning Board of Appeals
Telephone: (508) 230-0591

 Name                            Position                 Term Ends              
 John Curran            Member  June 30, 2024
 Stephen Merlin  Member      June 30, 2023
 Timothy McCaul  Clerk  June 30, 2025
 Ryan Cook  Vice Chairman  June 30, 2022
 Michael Spillane  Chairman  June 30, 2026
 Jeremy Kay  Alternate  June 30, 2022
 Ed Watson  Alternate  June 30, 2023