Zoning Board of Appeals


Filing deadlines are normally one month in advance of the meeting. Filings are to be submitted to the Town Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 1471 Highland Avenue. Prior to submitting an application, a consultation with the Building Commissioner is required. Meetings are open to the public and are taped by The Needham Channel.

Note: Meeting dates and locations are subject to change due to holidays or other town events.  Please check the Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines.

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Agenda Meeting Packets

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The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of three regular members who are appointed by the Select Board for three years in such a manner that the term of one regular member shall expire each year. Two associate members are appointed by the Select Board for a term of one year. In case of a vacancy or absence, inability to act, or interest on the part of a regular member of the Board of Appeals, that place may be taken by an associate member designated by the Chair or acting Chair.

  • Jonathan D. Tamkin, Chair
  • Howard S. Goldman, Vice-Chair
  • Nik Ligris, Member
  • Peter Friedenberg, Associate Member
  • Valentina Elzon, Associate Member

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Left to right: Howard S. Goldman, Vice-Chair; Jonathan D. Tamkin, Chair; Jon D. Schneider, former Chair; Kathy Lind Berardi, former associate member; Peter Friedenberg, associate member. Photo courtesy of Needham Community Television Development Corporation


The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body. The Board serves the community by hearing and making decisions on applications brought before the Board for special permits, variances, and comprehensive permits; hears appeals to the decision of the Building Inspector; and renders its decisions by applying Massachusetts General Laws and the Town By-laws.