Family Suites

Definition of Family Suite

An accessory dwelling unit located within a single family dwelling subordinate in size to the principle unit and separated from it in a manner that maintains the appearance of a single family dwelling. The family suite may only be occupied by:

  • Brothers
  • Sisters
  • Maternal parents and grandparents
  • Paternal parents and grandparents
  • In-laws
  • Children of the residing owners of the principle dwelling unit
  1. Zoning Bylaw
  2. Further Requirements
  3. Illegal Units

3400. Family Suite (Tewksbury Zoning Bylaw)

3410. Family Suite. A family suite is allowed as an accessory use, attached to a single family dwelling in R40, R80, FA, TR and LB zones including Cluster Developments, in accordance with the below listed (1-11) requirements. Except as noted; these requirements are not subject to relief through a variance.

(1) The Family Suite shall not contain more than 800 square feet of floor area by right. The maximum floor area of a Family Suite may be enlarged, however, to a maximum floor area not to exceed 1,000 square feet upon the issuance of a Special Permit by the Planning Board. Common entries and open decks shall not be included in the square footage calculation of the Family Suite.

(2) A Family Suite shall not contain more than one bedroom; unless a Special Permit for a second bedroom is issued by the Planning Board, prior to occupancy. In no case shall a Family Suite have more than two bedrooms.

(3) The family suite shall be contiguous with the single family dwelling with direct access or connected with a common closed entry.

(4) The family suite shall not have its own front door, however, may have a side or rear exit with an open deck and egress.

(5) Any structural addition of a family suite must meet all front, side and rear setbacks and lot coverage requirements for the zone unless variances are granted by the Tewksbury Zoning Board of Appeals in accordance with MGL § 40A

(6) There are no more than three related persons occupying the family suite.

(7) A minimum of one additional off-street parking space shall be provided, however, a separate driveway is not permitted.

(8) Annual Certification by notarized affidavit shall be provided to the Building Commissioner that the owner of the property, except for bona fide temporary absence shall occupy one of the two dwelling units.

(9) The Family Suite shall be subject to review and approval by the Board of Health as to sanitary wastewater disposal in full conformance with the provisions of 310 CMR 15 (Title V of the State Environmental Code). The family suite shall be required to hook-up to town sewer if available and, if not, as soon as town sewer is available.

(10) Only one Family Suite may be constructed onto any dwelling.

(11) Subordination Agreements (as required) and Restriction Agreements shall be completed by the applicant, submitted to the Building Commissioner, then approved and recorded at the North Middlesex Registry of Deeds by Town Counsel.

(12) Notwithstanding anything else contained herein to the contrary, nothing herein shall be construed as to require a family suite to be under its own roof.

(13) Notwithstanding anything else contained in the Zoning By-Law to the contrary, if the owner, or a child of the owner, is disabled and requires assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) then the other dwelling unit may be occupied by a Personal Care Attendant (P.C.A.) who need not be related to the owner In such case, a letter from a licensed physician, verifying the disability and the need for assistance with ADLs is to be submitted to the Building Commissioner.