Reasonable Accommodation

What is Reasonable Accommodation

The Department of Justice and the Department of Housing and Urban Development expressly prohibit, under the Federal Fair Housing Act, the discrimination in housing on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, and disability. One type of disability discrimination prohibited by the Act is the refusal to make Reasonable Accommodations in rules, policies, practices, or services when such accommodations may be necessary to afford a person with a disability the equal opportunity to use and enjoy a dwelling.

In order ensure the Town of Watertown’s compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the town has implemented a new permit application process to streamline the review and permitting of a reasonable accommodation.

Here's how it works in Watertown:

Administrative Review Process (PDF)

Application Form for Reasonable Accommodation (PDF)


Mike Mena, Zoning Enforcement Officer 617-972-6427
Email Mike Mena

Inspector of Buildings 617-972-6480

Helpful Links:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Watertown’s Commission on Disability

ADA Building Code