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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 when a business seeks a d/b/a (doing business as) Business Certificate, prior to applying for the Business Certificate from the Town Clerk's Office.
The Zoning Verification letter is NOT used to verify the zoning district for any property in town, nor is it used as a means to determine whether or not there are any zoning code violations, site plans, zoning decisions, etc. In order to obtain copies of public records, please use the following procedure in order to submit public records request.
Please note that the zoning bylaw and zoning map on the town website are the official and most recent map and bylaw. You can use the zoning map to determine the zoning district.
See our online mapping tools here: https://andoverma.gov/709/Property-Lookup-Tools
View permits from 1996-present in our online permitting system, found here: https://portal.viewpermit.com/preloginviews/loginpage.aspx?enc=85+MRHUtEirOzcmlj2+J3Q==
Please read the Instructions for View Permit-Homeowner-Realtor (business) in order to create an account and search the database.
Once registered in the online permitting system, you can search by address to view permits issued for any address. IF there are any code violations, the address will be flagged in the system.
You can also view archive permits prior to 1996 at http://andoverma.gov/726/Permit-Archive-Index-1958-1995.
Zoning Board decisions are recorded at the North Essex Registry of Deeds, found at: www.lawrencedeeds.com
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.