On Friday, April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID.
Section 17 of the Act modifies state and local laws governing the submission and process of permit applications for the duration of the State of Emergency declared by Governor Baker on March 10, 2020.
The Town of Tewksbury is implementing Chapter 53, Section 17 as follows. Portions of the Act are summarized below. Please see referenced sections for complete text.
"Permit": a permit, variance, special permit, license, amendment, extension, or other approval issued by a permit granting authority pursuant to a statute, ordinance, bylaw, rule or regulation, whether ministerial or discretionary.
''Permit granting authority'' (or “PGA”), a local, district, county or regional official or a local, district, county or regional multi-member body that is authorized to issue a permit.
PERMIT APPLICATIONS §17(b)(i) – For so long as the State of Emergency remains in effect, the Act governs the submission of permit applications. Permit applications may be filed as set forth below (if the applicable permit granting authority is not listed in the chart below, please submit to the Town Clerk and it will be forwarded):
“An application for a permit shall be deemed duly filed and accepted as of the date of the filing by the applicant if filed with and certified as received by the Town Clerk.”
Applications to Permit Granting Authorities may be filed either:
- By first class mail: Application to the Town Clerk, 1009 Main Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876 and copy of Application and all submission materials, including application fee, to the appropriate permit granting authority. [An email alerting the PGA that an application has been mailed is recommended.]
- Electronically: Attachment of the requisite application form and supplemental materials by email to the Town Clerk with “cc” to the appropriate permit granting authority and receipt by first class mail of a check for the applicable application fee. [Online payment is not available at this time.]
- Drop Box: Drop Box - (at the Main Entrance to Town Hall) and copy of Application and all submission materials, including application fee, to the appropriate permit granting authority. [An email alerting the PGA that an application has been mailed is recommended.]
[email protected]- ma.gov with cc to:
Town of Tewksbury
1009 Main St.
Tewksbury, MA 01876
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AT:
All questions regarding submission requirements should be directed to the applicable department prior to submission.
Board of Health
Attn: Board of Health
Board of Selectmen
Attn: Board of Selectmen
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Conservation Commission
Historic Districts Commission
Attn: Historic District Commission
Email: [email protected]
Attn: Planning Board
Zoning Board of Appeals
Attn: Zoning Board of Appeals