Zoning Board of Appeals

The City of Salem is now using an online system for permit applications. This new system will streamline the application process for both the applicants and the department staff.

Applicants can take out permit applications at a time and location of their convenience; payment by credit card or check is also securely integrated into the process via Stripe. An e-mail address is required to access this system.

Please navigate to https://salemma.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1087/record-types/6497 to access the Zoning Board of Appeals application.

Please contact Daniel Laroe, Planner and staff support for the Zoning Board of Appeals, with any questions. 

Submitted Project Materials for the September 21, 2022  Meeting - Members of the public can view and download application materials at this link for all projects rescheduled for the September 21, 2022 Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting.

Important Announcement Regarding the September 21, 2022 Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting:

Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so on matters not requiring a public hearing, we will post on the City of Salem’s website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.  

Individuals may participate remotely in the meeting via a remote participation platform called Zoom. Members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting may access the remote participation meeting through any one of the following ways:   

Attending the Virtual Public Meeting:   

  • Go to the website link-https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83964128644?pwd=cTNlTlFic2pKNWlOZnV3dW9yb1loUT09
  • Or, go to the website link https://zoom.us/join and enter meeting ID #  
    839 6412 8644 followed by meeting password  011324, if directed to do so on screen.    
  • Dial toll-free phone number 877-853-5257. When prompted enter meeting ID #
    839 6412 8644 followed by meeting password 011324 if directed. Those calling in will not have access to the direct video feed of the meeting, but can follow along with the project materials available for download at Salem.com/ZBA   
  • Watch the meeting live on Salem Access Television Chanel 22.   
  • Project materials are available for download at this link (https://tinyurl.com/SalemZBA)   

For questions regarding allowed uses and dimensional requirements in the zoning districts, please contact Building Inspector/Zoning Enforcement Officer, Thomas St. Pierre at (978) 745-9595.

To apply for a variance or special permit, to find meeting dates and agendas or to obtain minutes of Zoning meetings, please contact Daniel Laroe in the Department of Planning & Community Development at (978) 619-5685.

Note: Submittals should be in by 12:00pm noon 21 days prior to each meeting. Applications will be accepted each month on a first-come, first served basis. Once the monthly meeting agenda is full, petitions will be carried over to the following month’s meeting.



Staff Contacts

Board Members

Name Title
Peter A. Copelas Vice-Chair (3/8/2023)
Mike Duffy Chair (7/1/2022)
Paul Viccica Member (5/1/2025)
Rosa Ordaz Member (5/1/2023)
Carly McClain Member (6/10/2026)
Steven Smalley Alternate (4/11/2023)