Zoning Board of Appeals

COVID-19 UPDATE - Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Cohasset Town Hall is meeting with the public / applicants by appointment only.  

If you have an application you are working on and would like to file, please email or call the office (contact information on the right). We can work together on filing it. Thanking you in advance for your patience while we navigate these new waters. Stay Safe.


  • 7:30 p.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of every month
  • Town Hall
    41 Highland Avenue
    Cohasset, MA 02025

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • S. Woodworth Chittick
    Position: Chairman
    Phone: 781-383-4100, ext. 118
  • Peter L. Goedecke
    Position: Vice Chairman
  • Charles Higginson
    Position: Member

  • Lee Darst
    Position: Associate
  • David McMorris
    Position: Associate
  • Matthew Watkins
    Position: Associate

Background & Responsibilities

The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 6 members (3 full members, and 3 associate members) whom are appointed by the Board of Selectmen for 3 year terms. The Committee typically meets on the first Tuesday of each month and is responsible for holding public hearings for the following purposes:
  • Hear and decide appeals from the decision of the Building Inspector concerning the issuance or denial of building permits on the basis of conformity with the zoning laws.
  • Hear and decide applications for special permits.
  • Authorize or deny variances from the zoning law.
  • Fulfill other responsibilities and duties as required under Chapter 40A of Massachusetts General Laws
Note: All applicants will be billed directly by the newspaper for all advertising costs associated with their hearing.