What is a Special Permit?
A Special Permit is required where/when it is deemed desirable by the Town to ensure a site specific review for a particular use or activity. Uses requiring a Special Permit can be found in the Zoning By-laws.
Who Grants a Special Permit?
Maynard’s Special Permit Granting Authorities (SPGAs) are the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals and in some cases, the Select Board.
How do I apply for a Special Permit?
The Office of Municipal Services can help you determine if a Special Permit is required for your use/activity. Town staff is happy to assist you in reviewing what is required for a complete application and guide you through the Special Permit process.
Is a Special Permit always granted?
No. The SPGA will evaluate each request against the criteria for Special Permit issuance as found in the Zoning By-laws. Although, the staff can usually tell you ahead of time if a Special Permit is likely to be granted, nothing should be taken for granted. When signing a lease or other contract, it is a good idea to include a contingency in case a Special Permit is not granted. A Special Permit often contains “conditions of approval” to ensure any potential negative effects of the use are mitigated.
For further information call the Office of Municipal Services at 978-897-1302 or visit https://www.townofmaynard-ma.gov/municipal-services/.