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You need to know if your new project will meet the required distances to the lot lines without exceeding the maximum lot coverage. Find your property on the Zoning Map (PDF) then check the Zoning Ordinance to see if you meet the criteria. If you are unable to make the determination, the Zoning Office can assist you: 617-972-6427
A plot plan is a drawing of your property prepared by a professional land surveyor. The plot plan will show the lot area, the dimensions of the structure, and setbacks to the lot lines on all sides of the property. For more information: Massachusetts Association of Land Surveyors & Civil Engineers www.malsce.org A mortgage survey is not a plot plan. The mortgage plan is usually prepared by the mortgage holder for their purposes and a copy given to the homeowner. They usually contain disclaimers such as, "not to be used to locate property lines".
The Watertown Zoning Ordinance states a distinct difference between a Home Office vs. Home Occupation. Home Office - Business within the dwelling operated by the residents with no employees, no deliveries, and no customers that visit the site. Home Occupation - Allowed by Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Business, occupation or sale of articles produced on the premises where sold, conducted in the dwelling by residents, allowing no more than two non-residential employees, not occupying more than 25% of the area of the dwelling and not changing the residential character of the dwelling.
In order ensure the Town’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 of instances where an accommodation is necessary for an individual’s or individuals’ disability. Below are links to the staff memorandums to the Commission on Disabilities, Application and Process Flow Chart, and the Reasonable Accommodation Questionnaire/ Application.
Feel free to contact the Zoning Office or Building Division for any questions you may have.
Memorandum to the Commission on Disabilities (March 20, 2012)
Memorandum to the Commission on Disabilities (April 18, 2012)
Application and Process Flow Chart
Reasonable Accommodation Questionnaire/Application