Seal: Washington, Connecticut; Founded 1779
The Town of Washington, Connecticut

Zoning Board of Appeals

Office: Lower level of Bryan Memorial Town Hall

Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Telephone: 860-868-0423

Fax: 860-868-2819
Note that several departments share this fax line,
so be sure to address your document clearly!


Forms: See our Forms page for application forms

U.S. Mail Address:
Zoning Board of Appeals
Town of Washington
P.O. Box 383
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Street Address:
Zoning Board of Appeals
Town of Washington
2 Bryan Plaza
Washington Depot, CT 06794

Elected Officials: (4-year term)
Polly Roberts, Chairman
Todd Catlin, Vice Chairman
Katharine Leab
Peter Bowman
Roderick Wyant III
Todd J. Peterson, Alt.
Chip Wildman, Alt.
Joan E. Kaplan, Alt.

Shelley White, Secretary
Thursday 9:00 - 5:00, Friday 9:00 - 3:00

Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines:

Generally, the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM. in the Land Use Meeting Room on the lower level of Bryan Memorial Town Hall. See the Town Calendar for possible schedule exceptions, for instance because of holidays. Also be sure to check Public & Legal Notices for possible last minute schedule changes.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are due not later than Noon on the Application Deadline date.

2014 Application Deadlines
Meeting DateApplication Deadline
January 16 December 26
February 20/TD> January 30
March 20 February 27
April 17 March 27
May 22 May 1
June 19 May 29
July 17 June 26
August 21 July 31
September 18 August 28
October 16 September 25
November 20 October 30
December 18 November 26
January 15 December 24

Minutes of previous meetings are available online.

For more information, please review Guidelines for Variance Applications.

Guidelines and application forms are available on the Forms & Documents page.

Other Commissions:

See our Land Use Brochure ( 16 pages) for an overview of land use in Washington.

Land use issues may involve one or more Town departments. See Land Use Commissions for general information about:

Connecticut General Statutes, Section 8-6:
Powers and Duties of Board of Appeals

(a) The zoning board of appeals shall have the following powers and duties:
  1. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement or decision made by the official charged with the enforcement of this chapter or any bylaw, ordinance or regulation adopted under the provisions of this chapter;

  2. to hear and decide all matters including special exceptions and special exemptions under section 8-2g upon which it is required to pass by the specific terms of the zoning bylaw, ordinance or regulation; and

  3. to determine and vary the application of the zoning bylaws, ordinances or regulations in harmony with their general purpose and intent and with due consideration for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare and property values solely with respect to a parcel of land where, owing to conditions especially affecting such parcel but not affecting generally the district in which it is situated, a literal enforcement of such bylaws, ordinances or regulations would result in exceptional difficulty or unusual hardship so that substantial justice will be done and the public safety and welfare secured, provided that the zoning regulations may specify the extent to which uses shall not be permitted by variance in districts in which such uses are not otherwise allowed. No such board shall be required to hear any application for the same variance or substantially the same variance for a period of six months after a decision by the board or by a court on an earlier such application.
(b) Any variance granted by a zoning board of appeals shall run with the land and shall not be personal in nature to the person who applied for and received the variance. A variance shall not be extinguished solely because of the transfer of title to the property or the invalidity of any condition attached to the variance that would affect the transfer of the property from the person who initially applied for and received the variance.

Web page last updated: January 28, 2014