It is the role of the Board of Appeals to review decisions made by town officials. The most common reason for the Board to meet is to act on requests for variances to the standards of our ordinances; for example, a request to construct a building inside the required setback of the shoreline or to a property line. The Board of Appeals also acts when it is alleged that a decision by the Code Officer, the Planning Board, or the Tax Assessor was made in error.
Example: In 2001, the Board of Appeals met on four different occasions. The Board met twice to hear the same appeal of a tax decision by the Assessor, after which the Assessor's decision was upheld. The other times were to hear a request for a variance for the construction of a garage in the shoreland zone, which was denied, and an appeal to an enforcement action decision by the Code Officer, which was also denied.
The power and duties Board of Appeal are spelled out in state law as well as in the town ordinances. The Board takes seriously its role in town government, and all requests are dealt with in a fair and impartial manner.