Zoning Permits

According to Maidstone Zoning Bylaw §502 Zoning Permits (1), “No land development, as defined in 24 V.S.A. §4303 (10), may be commenced without a permit therefore issued by the Zoning Administrator. ” 24 V.S.A. §4303 (10) states, ““Land development” means the division of a parcel into two or more parcels, the construction, reconstruction, conversion, structural alteration, relocation, or enlargement of any building or other structure, or of any mining, excavation, or landfill, and any change in the use of any building or other structure, or land, or extension of use of land.”

Please note the importance of the Effective Date on an approved zoning permit; that date is fifteen days after the date on which the Zoning Administrator approved or denied the permit. That fifteen day period before the approval or denial becomes effective is the time during which the Zoning Administrator’s decision may be appealed, as stated below.

Zoning Appeals

In accordance with the Maidstone Zoning Bylaw and Vermont Statutes, an applicant and/or interested person (as defined in 24 VSA §4464) may appeal a decision by the Zoning Administrator to the Zoning Board of Adjustment within 15 days of the date of the decision, in writing, giving the reasons for the appeal. Failure to appeal this decision may prevent any party from arguing against its elements in a future hearing or appeal. (24 VSA §4472). No zoning permit issued pursuant to 24 VSA §4449 shall take effect until the time for appeal in 24 VSA §4465(a) has passed, or in the event that a notice of appeal is properly filed, such permit shall not take effect until final adjudication of said appeal.