Town of Ashland, MA
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Planning Board of the Town of Ashland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted by the Planning Board of the Town of Ashland 1-19-2019]
Site Plan Review:
Industrial/Commercial (Square Feet):
0 to 2,000 square feet
2,001 to 5,000 square feet
$1,025 + peer review deposit of $2,000
5,001 to 10,000 square feet
$2,025 + peer review deposit of $3,500
Greater than 10,000 square feet
$2,025 + $0.15 per square feet of Gross Floor Area + peer review deposit of $6,000
Residential (Square Feet):
$25 + $250 per residential unit + peer review deposit of $2,500
Special Permit Application:
Special Permit Modification*:
$400* (may be waived at Board's discretion if changes are deemed minor)
Subdivision Application:
Approval Not Required:
$250 + $150 per additional lot created
Preliminary Plan Approval:
$1,600 + $150 per lot + peer review deposit of $2,500
Definitive Plan Approval:
$2,100 + $500 per lot + peer review deposit of $5,000
Modification of Preliminary Plan
$1,600 + peer review deposit of $1,500
Modification of Definitive Plan
$1,600 + peer review deposit of $2,500
Other Costs:
Lot Release:
$150 per lot
Lot Re-Release:
$50 per lot
Design Review Fee:
Abutter List:
$2 per abutter, $50 max (Obtained at Assessors Department)
CoUrbanize Fee:
Varies (see CoUrbanize Fee Schedule)
Application Type
CoUrbanize Requirement
Site Plan Review
CoUrbanize Required
Site Plan Review (Pertaining to Uses Proposed for ADD, A, B & C)
Town Planner or Planning Board determines whether CoUrbanize is required
Special Permit
Town Planner or Applicable Regulatory Board (PB/ZBA) determines whether CoUrbanize is required
Subdivision Permit (Cluster Included)
CoUrbanize Required
Comprehensive Permit (40B)
CoUrbanize Required
Additional Customization*
Applicable Regulatory Board determines whether CoUrbanize is required
The requirement to engage the services of CoUrbanize, as listed above, only pertains to the basic CoUrbanize package, not additional customization services.
Project Type
Building Size
(square feet)
Total Fee Charged by the Planning Department
0 to 24,999 square feet
25,000 to 74,999 square feet
75,000 to 149,999 square feet
Very Large
150,000 square feet and Greater
The Town Planner and/or Planning Board will determine whether and to what extent additional customization services are required. Any applicant can be granted a waiver from engaging the services of CoUrbanize, at the discretion of the Planning Board.
Additional Customization*
Other Impact Study
[Adopted by the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Ashland 3-12-2019]
Application Type
Special Permit
Modification/Extension of Special Permit
Modification/Extension of Variance
Administrative Appeal of Building Inspector Decision
Peer Review Deposit
2 to 15 Lots/Units
16 to 20 Lots/Units
21 to 25 Lots/Units
26 to 74 Lots/Units
75 or More Lots/Units
20 or Fewer Parking Spaces
21 or More Parking Spaces
Wireless Commercial Facility
Appeal of Building Inspector for 2+ Lots
Note: Unused Peer Review funds will be returned to the applicant at the end of the process. The applicant may request details on the account at any time from the Planning Department.
Public Hearing Associated Costs
Pursuant to State Law (M.G.L. Ch. 40A, Section 11), the ZBA requires public hearings for the above matters. There are additional fees for the following:
Abutter List
$2 per abutter, $50 max (Obtained and Paid at Assessor's Department)
The Zoning Board of Appeals may require a peer review consultant and/or posting of the project on at the expense of the applicant.
Please be aware that the Planning Department may hold back decisions and/or permits until all checks have been received.
Editor's Note: See also § 339A-2, CoUrbanize fee schedule.