Filing Fees & Deadline Dates

2018 Zoning Board of Appeals Application

Petition Applications (PDF)  and Instructions for Filing a Petition  and Submittal Requirements Checklist for 2018
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


April 19, 2018 
March 20, 2018
May 17, 2018 
April 24, 2018
June 21, 2018
May 22, 2018
July 19, 2018
June 26, 2018 
August 16, 2018 
July 24, 2018 
September 20, 2018 
August 21,2018
October 18, 2018 
September 25, 2018 
November 15, 2018
October 23, 2018
No Meeting
January 17, 2019
December 18, 2018

Note: Dates are subject to change.

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