The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a separate entity within Town Government. Members are appointed by the Town Board. More information on this board is available here.
The ZBA seeks to resolve issues for proposed projects that are in violation of the Town Code. This is done by evaluating the proposal against criteria on the ZBA application form and by querying neighbors of the proposed site.
Persons apply for building permits (sample here) at the Planning and Zoning Office. If the permit is disapproved for code violations the person may appeal the ruling via the ZBA by submitting the ZBA Application form to the Planning and Zoning Office. They will schedule the applicant for an upcoming ZBA meeting (normally the first Monday of a month at 7 PM.) There is a non-refundable fee of $200. The process for approval or disapproval of a code variance does not necessarily happen at the first such meeting, but may take several meetings as options are considered and neighbor feedback is assessed. The time frame from submitting the ZBA application form until the first review by the ZBA is generally a minimum of three (3) weeks.