Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO) is responsible for enforcing the Town's Zoning By-Law and other land use requirements for the purpose of promoting and maintaining a safe and desirable living and work environment. The Town's Building Inspector serves as the Zoning Enforcement Officer.  

The Building Inspector is responsible for making determinations regarding the interpretation of the Grafton Zoning By-Law (ZBL) with regards land use, set backs and non-conforming lots and uses.  Projects that result in creating a non-conformity or disputes regarding the Building Inspector's interpretation of the ZBL can be appealed to the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is created under the provisions of MGL CH 40A, which empowers local Board of Appeals to hear appeals, grant variances & issue certain special permits pursuant to the Grafton Zoning Bylaw.  

Filing Deadline Policy - In addition to the filing deadline details listed on this page and in the application, any additional materials requested by the Board or its staff shall be submitted at least five (5) days business days prior to the scheduled meeting. (updated 12/14/2017)

Comprehensive Permits (40B) - M.G.L. Chapter 40B enables the local Zoning Board of Appeals, in consultation with other local boards and officials, to grant a single permit to an eligible developer proposing state or federally subsidized low or moderate income housing at a density greater than allowed by local zoning. The Board may override local requirements and regulations that are inconsistent with affordable housing needs if environmental and planning concerns have been addressed.

  • View Past Meetings: Videos of the Zoning Board of Appeals meetings can be viewed on the Grafton Community Television Website using the Video On Demand feature.  Search the play list for Zoning Board of Appeals to view a list of past meetings that have been taped for rebroadcast. You can also find video on the Town's YouTube channel.
  • Email Notifications: Keep up to date in real time.  You can receive email notifications regarding Meeting Agendas, Meeting Minutes and News & Announcements from the ZBA and other Town Departments.  CLICK HERE to subscribe.
  • Contact Us: The Zoning Board of Appeals Secretary is located in the Building Department. CLICK HERE to email the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Katrina Koshivos Secretary (508) 839-5335 x1157
Robert Berger Zoning Enforcement Officer (508) 839-5335 x1190