Special Council Permits:
Under the Gloucester Zoning Code, the City Council is a Special Permit Granting Authority for a variety of projects regulated by the Zoning Ordinance. Permits granted can range from major projects such as shopping centers, to specialized projects such as assisted living facilities and can also include small projects by individuals such as adding a dock to an individual's residence.
All applications for City Council Permits must be approved as complete and filed with the office of the City Clerk by the end of business hours (4:00 pm) on the Wednesday before the next City Council Meeting.
City Council Special Council Permit (SCP) Timeline
Special Event Permits are also approved by the City Council together with City Departments. The Special Event Permit Application should be filed with the City Clerk. It is recommended that the application be filed at least 6 months before the event.
Applications for a Special Council Permit must be approved by the Building Inspector before filing in the Clerk's Office. Special Council Permit Applications and information can be found on the Building Department Webpage.