Before a new business can operate or a new building or dwelling can be built, the zoning classification of the proposed location must be determined. Applicants are required to complete a Zoning Permit Application. Businesses other than home businesses ("Home Occupations") can not locate in residential districts, just as homes are not a permitted in some commercial and all industrial districts. Certain types of businesses are permitted only within specific zoning districts. In addition to regulating the types of uses permitted in designated areas, zoning regulates building setbacks, built-upon area, parking, and other characteristics of land development.
If you're planning to build a new home, multi-family dwelling, or structure for business purposes, or if you plan to build an addition on an existing structure, you should contact Town Hall regarding zoning requirements such as setbacks, parking, landscape/bufferyards, etc.
If you are building a new business structure or subdivision, or if you are locating a new business in an established building, you should contact Town Hall to find out about requirements that may impact your plans, such as sign, tree protection, and landscape/buffer yard requirements.