Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is an appointed board, with five (5) permanent members and two (2) alternates. This Board was created under Section 9.5.1 of the Town's Zoning Bylaw, pursuant to Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws (MGL). Its purpose is to hear and decide appeals from an adverse decision of the Building Inspector or any Town Board, to hear and decide petitions for variances, to make determinations in Flood Hazard Districts, and to issue comprehensive permits under MGL Chapter 40B.  In order to grant a variance from the strict requirements of the applicable Zoning By-Laws, the Board of Appeals must review the hardships as submitted by the petitioner. 

There is no set formula by which the Board can make its decision and each case must be treated individually, must stand on its own merits and is not decided by precedence.

The Board of Appeals meets the FIRST and THIRD TUESDAY of every month in the main hearing room of the Burlington Town Hall, 29 Center St., Burlington, MA.  Please consult the town's calendar to see the agenda.

Click here for the New Online Variance Application System - if you want to submit an Application, we will reply back to you with in normal business hours with the processing of your Application.

Deadlines for Permit Applications:  By 2:00 PM on the Following Tuesdays:
September 23rd for the October 15th meeting
October 15th for the November 5th meeting
October 29th for the November 19th meeting

Variance Application                   Board of Appeals FAQ

Minutes and Agendas -  All Boards

All Variances Decisions by Address  - Click here for On line system

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Legal Notices
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To find the notices check under Woburn Daily Times, the legal notices for Board of Appeals can be located under the Planning and Land Use Category drop down menu or send an email to to request a copy of the legal notice.

The members and alternate members of the Board of Appeals are:

Name   Address  Email Term
 **Michael  Murray Jr  2 Hannah Way  2022
Charles Viveiros -  1 Cedar St 978-930-9784 2021
Mark Burke 1 Arnold Terrace 2023
 Brenda   Rappaport  26 Freeport Dr 2019
*JIm  Sheridan  40 Chandler Rd 2019
John   Sullivan       2 Laurel Lane 2020
 *Adam   Tigges  2 Maryvale Rd  2019

** designates Chairman of the Board                                                                                  
* designates Alternates
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