Zoning Board of Appeals Applications: Washington, Connecticut (CT)

The purpose of the Zoning Board of Appeals Commission is to conduct hearings appealing a decision or order of the Zoning Enforcement Officer and/or to consider requests for variances due to hardship.

In order for the Zoning Board of Appeals Commission to grant a variance under §8-6(a)(3) of the Connecticut General Statutes, two conditions must be met:
1. The variance must be shown not to substantially affect the comprehensive zoning plan (Town of Washington Zoning Regulations),
2. Adherence to the strict letter of the zoning ordinance must be shown to cause unusual hardship unnecessary to the carrying out of the general purpose of the zoning plan.

Below please find various application forms. If you have any questions relative to whether your proposed activity requires a variance, please do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 354-9346 so that we may assist you. We also offer full service land use permitting where we handle the entire permitting process from beginning to end.

Washington Variance Application Form

This is the application form that must be filled out in order to apply for a variance from the Town of Washington Zoning Regulations.

Washington Variance Application Guidelines
This document presents guidelines as to the variance application process and details as to what constitutes a hardship.

Washington Petition for Special Exception for Expansion of Non-Conforming Dwelling
This is the application form that must be filled out in order to expand an existing non-conforming dwelling. The Town of Washington makes this option available in order to attempt to preserve the historical structures that exist in Town.

Washington Guidelines for Petition for Special Exception for Expansion of Non-Conforming Dwelling
This document contains guidelines relative to the petition process to expand an existing non-conforming dwelling.

Washington Petition for Noise Generating Equipment
This petition must be requested when you would like to request that any noise generating equipment be located further than allowed by the ZOning Regulations from the principal dwelling.

Washington Application to Appeal Decision of Zoning Enforcement Officer
This is the application form that must be filled out to appeal a decision of the Zoning Enforcement Officer.

Connecticut Public Act 05-124
This Act states that an applicant cannot file a permit application other than for interior work in an existing building or for exterior work that does not expand or alter the footprint of an existing building if the subject property is encumbered by a conservation restriction or preservation restriction. Please read the above Act fully to ensure that your permit will not be unnecessarily overturned if it is to be appealed.

If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of a local land use regulation or application or you are interested in working with us on a project, contact us at (860) 354-9346. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Please note that you should always contact the Town of Washington to determine if the Regulations and/or application forms have recently changed.