What is the Zoning Ordinance?

Weymouth's Zoning Ordinance has two components: (1) a zoning map that illustrates how the town is divided into different land-use districts, and (2) a set of text articles describing the regulations that apply in each district. Municipal zoning ordinances are governed by Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws.

zoningThe Zoning Ordinance establishes regulations for how sites can be used (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.), the size and scale of buildings that can be built, the amount of parking required, and other aspects of community design and development throughout the town. The regulations for a given site depend on the zoning district in which the site is located.

In some cases, the Zoning Ordinance may require a developer to obtain a special permit before starting construction, either from the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Planning Board. If a proposed project does not comply with all provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, the developer must seek a zoning variance. A variance can only be granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Important Land Use Documents

zoningWeymouth's Zoning Ordinance is found in Chapter 120 of the Town's Code of Ordinances and is available in a user-friendly, interactive format through the online eCode360 Code Library.

Click here to review recently proposed and adopted zoning amendments (2010 - present).

See also Zoning Amendment Process Description and Amendment Flow Chart