Filing Fees & Deadline Dates

2019 Zoning Board of Appeals Application

ZBA Petition Applications (PDF)  
The meetings are conducted on the 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise noted below. Applications are due in the Town Clerk office one hour before closing.

Please make sure to plan your projects with enough time for waiting out any subsequent appeal periods once a variance or special permit is granted.

Board Decision

The Zoning Board usually makes their decision the night of the hearing. There is nothing that prevents the board from continuing the hearing and voting at a later time. Once the decision is made by vote of the board, the written decision is filed in the Town Clerks’ Office. There is then a 20 day appeal period after the decision is filed.


If no one appeals the decision (in court) it must be filed with the property deed at the Salem Registry of Deeds. It does not become a legal instrument until it is filed and must be filed within 1 year.

Any person aggrieved by the Board’s final decision, including the Petitioner, the owner, or any owner of land abutting the land subject to this decision, may file an appeal in the Superior Court or the Land Court within 20 days of the date stamped in by the Town Clerk. See Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, Section 17.

Before the Project Starts

No building permit or use/occupancy certificate can be issued (if required) until the special permit or variance is recorded at the registry.


The Ipswich Zoning Bylaw (PDF) is available on this website and may be purchased with the zoning map at the Town Clerks’ office.

Meeting Dates & Filing Deadlines

Meeting Date
Deadline to File With Town Clerk
January 17, 2019
December  18, 2018

 February 21, 2019
 January 22, 2019

 March 21, 2019
February 26, 2019
April 18, 2019 March 26, 2019
May 16, 2019 
April 23, 2019
June 20, 2019
May 21, 2019
July 18, 2019
June 25, 2019 
August 15, 2019 
July 23, 2019 
September 19, 2019 
August 20,2019
October 17, 2019
September 24, 2019
November 21, 2019
October 22, 2019
No Meeting
January 16, 2020
December 17, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

*Indicates a change from the usual 3rd Thursday of the month.