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Zoning Verification letters are ONLY issued for a business that is physically based in Andover (either in the business owner's home or a non-residential location in Andover). The zoning verification application is filed prior to applying for a Business Certificate (d/b/a or Doing Business As) from the Town Clerk's Office.
APPLY ONLINE FOR A ZONING VERIFICATION HERE: ZONING VERIFICATION APPLICATION
Zoning Verifications are NOT used to verify the zoning district for any property in town, nor as a means to determine if there are any zoning code violations, site plans, zoning decisions, etc.
In order to obtain copies of public records, please use the procedure to submit public records requests listed separately in FAQs.
It takes approximately a minimum of 3 months from the time the application is filed with the Zoning Board to the end of the statutory appeal period (see explanation in General Filing Requirements of when the appeal period starts). MGL Chapter 40A allows the ZBA 100 days from the date of filing a petition for a variance and 90 days from the close of the public hearing for a special permit to file a written decision with the Town Clerk.
The Zoning Board is subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25). Responses from Zoning Board Members are strictly limited to during a public hearing. If members of the Zoning Board respond to a communication outside of the public hearing, it could be a violation of the Open Meeting Law. All communications will be discussed and responded to during the public hearings. If your inquiry is more general in nature and not specifically related to a current application on a ZBA agenda, the Zoning Administrative Secretary can assist you in obtaining the answers that you seek.
The Zoning Bylaw and zoning map on the town website are the official and most recent map and bylaw.
The Zoning Bylaw is found here: https://ecode360.com/15582155
The Zoning Map is found here: https://andoverma.gov/709/Property-Lookup-Tools
Permits from 1996-present in our online permitting system are found here: https://andoverma.viewpointcloud.com/search
IF there are any code violations on a property, the address will be flagged in the system.
View archived permits prior to 1996 at http://andoverma.gov/726/Permit-Archive-Index-1958-1995.
Zoning Board decisions are recorded at the Northern Essex Registry of Deeds.
To submit a Public Record / Freedom of Information Act Request, please either use the 'Public Record Request' form in our Resources section, or submit your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the record number (i.e. decision number), your name and contact information (telephone number &/or email address).