Members:  Drew Gentile, Chair, Jake Martin, Vice-Chair,George Rau; Doug McAllister; Marc Ohlson, Alternate; Bill Dempster; Alternate and Sharon Schilling, Alternate

Land Use Administrator
Phone: 603-367-4332 x303
Email: [email protected]

Public Meeting:





Meeting Date                        Application Deadline

January 18, 2023                                  December 27, 2022
February 15                                            January 24
March 15                                                 February 21
April 19                                                   March 28
May 17                                                     April 25
June 21                                                    May 30
July 19                                                     June 27
August 16                                                July 25
September 20                                        August 29
October 18                                              September 26
November 15                                          October 24
December 20                                          November 28
January 17, 2024                                   December 26, 2023

State statute outlines the authority of towns to adopt a zoning ordinance and the extent to which a zoning ordinance may regulate the use of land. Four groups are involved with the formulation and administration of a zoning ordinance and map: the planning board, the local legislative body (town meeting), the administrative officers (planning board, selectmen, and code enforcement officer), and the board of adjustment.

The board of adjustment hears appeals from any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official and administers special provisions in the ordinance dealing with variances and special exceptions. The board has the authority to act in four separate and distinct categories:

1. Appeal from Administrative Decision – to review a claim that the administrative officer has incorrectly interpreted the terms of the ordinance

2. Special Exception – to grant those exceptions that are clearly specified in the zoning ordinance; a permitted land use that is allowed when clearly defined criteria and conditions contained in the ordinance are met

3. Variance – to allow a relaxation or waiver of any provision of the ordinance authorizing the landowner to use his or her land in a manner that would otherwise violate the ordinance

4. Equitable Waiver of Dimensional Requirement – to address situations where a good faith error was made in the siting of a building or other dimensional layout issue

The Madison Zoning Board is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and meets as needed on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of Town Hall to hear testimony on applications.  The application may be downloaded from the website. For procedural assistance or information please call the Land Use Administrative Assistant at 603-367-4332 x303.

Rules of Procedure May 18, 2022

See “Application” tab to download Zoning Board application.

See “Regulations” tab for the following regulations/ordinances:

  • Zoning Ordinance
  • Subdivision Regulations
  • Site Plan Review Regulations
  • Excavation Regulations