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.
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.