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We hope that the information at this web site will be useful, but we cannot guarantee its accuracy. For official information, please consult the printed documents which are available in the Wilton town offices.

Application to the Zoning Board of Adjustment

The application must be complete and filed in the Wilton Town Office, along with an abutter list, and with all fees paid, 14 days before the meeting at which the application is to be considered. If it is filed a week before that deadline, then we will try to contact you for additional information if it is incomplete. Otherwise, an incomplete application may result in your application being delayed until the following month.

If you have any questions about how to complete the application, please contact the Zoning Board chairperson or clerk, whose names and phone numbers you can get at the Wilton Town Office.

We will be happy to help you understand the Zoning Board application process and legal requirements, but we cannot advise you on your personal situation. If you are uncertain about how the zoning laws apply to your case, we recommend that you obtain professional advice.

General Instructions

Use this form for all applications to the Wilton Zoning Board, except:

Contents of an Application

Your application must include the “General Information” section and at least one application for a special exception, variance, equitable waiver, or appeal of administrative decision. You may include more than one application section, as long as they are all for the same proposed use.

For example, you might appeal an administrative decision, and also apply for a variance that would permit the same use, in case the appeal is denied; or you might have a proposed use that would require several variances and special exceptions.

Fee

The fee is $100 for the application, plus $6 for each abutter.

Abutter List

The abutter list must include the name and mailing address of

Include the lot numbers of the all the abutting lots owned by each abutter.

You must also provide the abutter list (without the lot numbers) on two sets of adhesive mailing labels, no larger than 1½ × 3¼ inches.

It is your responsibility to provide an accurate abutter list. A Zoning Board decision that is made without notifying all abutters may not be valid, and an abutter who was not properly notified may be able to have the decision overturned.

There are three ways to prepare an abutter list.

  1. To be absolutely sure of getting it right,

    1. Go to the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds. Start with the deed, survey, or plot plan for the lot or lots involved in the application, and find the abutting lots.
    2. Find the owners of all the abutting lots. Some of them might have been subdivided, so you should also check their site plans. You can also check whether there are any conservation, preservation, or agricultural preservation restrictions on any of your lots.
    3. Go to the Wilton Town Office to check whether the town has a record of any of the abutting lots having been sold more recently than the records in the Registry were updated.
  2. The town tax maps are not really designed to be used for abutter information, and there is no guarantee that the abutters shown on the tax maps are correct. However, if you want to take the risk,

    1. Find the lots you’re interested in and their abutting lots from the tax maps in the Town Offices. Find the owners of those lots from the printed owner lists in the Town Offices.
    2. Since the printed owner lists might not be up to date, check the owner information with the Town Clerk, who can look up the latest information in the Town’s tax database.
    3. The Town of Wilton only has lot and owner information for lots in Wilton, so if the lot you are interested in has abutting lots in a neighboring town, you will have to go to the Town Hall in that town or to the county registry. The Town doesn’t have any information about conservation, preservation, or agricultural preservation restrictions (unless they are held by the Town), so you are on your own there.
  3. You can use the abutter list web tool at abutters.wiltonzba.org to prepare your abutter list and submit it to the ZBA right from your web browser.

Burden of Proof

The applicant shall have the burden of proving any historical facts relevant to an appeal before the Board. Such relevant historical facts include, but are not limited to, the date on which a lot, structure, or use came into existence.

Proof that a lot existed as a Lot of Record (Zoning Ordinance Section 3.1.19) on a particular date shall require signed certification to that effect by an attorney or licensed land surveyor, accompanied by copies of the deed or deeds from the Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds that support that conclusion.

The existence of a structure or use on a particular date may be established by testimony or by documentary evidence.

Alternative Applications

If you are applying for a variance for reduced setbacks, frontage, or lot size, please read sections 17.2 and 17.3 of the Zoning Ordinance to see if they apply to your situation.

If you are applying for a variance from dimensional requirements for a building or structure that has already been built, please look at the “Application for an Equitable Waiver” in this package to see if it applies to your situation.