The primary function of the Zoning Board of Appeals is to consider variances of the zoning regulations where there is an unusual hardship with the land.
Uses of property permitted under the zoning regulations but subject to the approval of the Board are considered under the heading of special exception. The Board also rules on appeals from the decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Officer. Whenever a variance or special exception application concerns property in the Coastal Area Management Area, the Board conducts a preliminary coastal site plan review on the matter. The Board also considers motor vehicle certificates of approval for dealer and repairer licenses and retail gasoline station permits. Zoning Board of Appeals decisions may be appealed to the Superior Court.