The Zoning Administrator administers the Town of Chester Unified Development Bylaws (Zoning Regulations) and is the person to contact for all building and subdivision permit applications. The Zoning Administrator assists applicants, issues permits, conducts enforcement actions, educates the public about the requirements of the Zoning Regulations, and serves as staff support to the Chester Development Review Board (DRB). Signs, home occupations, home businesses, changes in use, subdivisions, boundary line adjustments, new construction, additions, and fill or construction within a floodplain all require a permit.
For a summary of the Zoning Regulations in a Question-and-Answer format (along with the links to relevant state websites) please click here- Do I need a Zoning Permit? Some permits can be issued without a hearing and others must be reviewed in a public hearing before the DRB. Please look here for the required forms-Forms
Did you know that Home Occupations require a Zoning Permit? Whether you are starting a new home occupation or have been conducting one for years, the town is offering the opportunity to get a home occupation permit for a one-time fee of $15. Click Home Occupations for more information and click Forms for a Home Occupation Permit Application.
The Town Planner is responsible for implementing the goals of the Town Plan and helping to resolve obstacles to providing affordable housing, essential businesses, and employment opportunities within the town. The Town Planner serves as staff support to the Planning Commission and assists with updates to the Town Plan and Zoning Regulations. The Town Planner also provides policy recommendations regarding land use, transportation, parking facilities, and utilities, and seeks available grant support for eligible projects.