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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE TOWN OF BOLTON

On June 28, 2024, Town of Bolton staff became aware of an issue with some tax bills being calculated with the previous assessed value and the new mil rate resulting in undervalued tax bills. Further investigation revealed that this affected 556 accounts. Those accounts are being rebilled correctly. Only those 556 affected accounts have a revised deadline of August 30, 2024, to pay without penalty. All other tax bills are due not later than August 1, 2024. Closer investigation also found that the grand list calculations were incorrect, and it is $30,703,164.00 lower than it should be. With the current mil rate and the new grand list valuation the Town will collect approximately $1,000,000.00 more in taxes than is necessary to operate the Town for the current fiscal year. The Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee met on July 8, 2024, to discuss this matter. At their meeting they determined that they would continue to collect taxes based on the proper evaluations and the current mil rate. They also were in consensus that they would like to return funds to taxpayers in excess of the amount approved by taxpayers for this fiscal year. In an effort to determine the best way to accomplish that they formed an ad hoc committee which includes members of both boards. The charge of that committee is to work with the town administrator and town attorney to determine the most effective and efficient way to accomplish that task. They have also been tasked with completely investigating the issue and determining what happened and how to prevent it from occurring again in the future.

Building & Land Use Department

Building & Land Use Department:

The Building & Land Use Department, along with its part-time consultants, enforce the Building Code, the Public Health Code, the Bolton Aquifer Protection Regulations, the Bolton Inland Wetlands Regulations, and the Bolton Planning & Zoning Regulations, as well as provide staff support to the Bolton Aquifer Protection Agency, Bolton Wetlands Commission, Planning & Zoning Commission, Bolton Zoning Board of Appeals, and other Committees and Commissions as requested. 

OpenGov ViewPoint Permitting System: 

Building and Land Use Permit applications are submitted online using the OpenGov/Viewpoint permitting system.  Applicants may use the following link to access the ViewPoint system: boltonct.portal.opengov.com. Please Note: If you have never used the ViewPoint system, you will have to register an account with an email address and password of your choice. For generalized instructions regarding this program, click here.  Any accompanying documentation/materials may be uploaded directly to the online application, or applicants may deliver paper copies to the department, and we will upload the information for you.

We strongly encourage the use of the online permitting system, as it does reduce manual input of the information by our staff, limits paper waste, and decreases permit processing times. It also provides the convenience of applying for a permit from any location with an internet connection, and the ability to track an application as it makes its way through the review process. Applicants who are unfamiliar with the ViewPoint system, and/or whom otherwise need assistance, are urged to contact Danielle Palazzini at ext. 6103.

Click here to review Building and Land Use Permit Application Fees.
Click Here to Access Building and Land Use Permit Applications 

 
Building Permits: 

Building permit applications are found under the “Building Dept” category on the homepage of ViewPoint or click one of the following:  7A, 7B, or 7C. 

Concrete Reporting Requirement Effective October 1, 2016
Pursuant to Public Act 16-45, a building permit applicant with a project involving concrete foundations is required to provide the name of the concrete supplier and the name of the concrete installer prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy or Certificate of Completion.
This is for all concrete foundations poured after October 1, 2016, and it does not apply to site or hand-mixed concrete and not for minor items like residential deck piers, steps, or sidewalks.

The following are some specific application requirements pertaining to common projects: (click on the links below)

Additions

Decks and Porches

Demolition

Furnaces and Boilers

Generators

New Home Construction

Pools

Right of Way

Roofing

Sheds and Accessory Structures

Siding

Signs

Solar Panels

Stoves 

Required Inspections List

Permit Exemptions

The foregoing information is meant only as a guide to assist the applicant in providing all necessary documentation for common permit types. While it covers core requirements, projects do vary and as such, some applications may require additional submittals.
For information regarding refunds, click here.

Land Use Permits: 

Applications for Administrative Zoning approval, Lot line Reconfigurations, Rights of Way Permits, Solicitor’s Permits, and Special Events are found under the Land Use Dept” category on ViewPoint, as are the applications for approvals from the various commissions.

Applicants seeking Aquifer Protection, Inland/Wetlands, PZC, or ZBA approvals are urged to visit and review the commission web pages:

Aquifer Protection Agency

Inland Wetlands Commission

Planning and Zoning

Zoning and Board of Appeals

We also encourage applicants to contact the Land Use Department and/or the respective Commission Staff Agent before submitting an application. The Land Use Office hosts Staff Review meetings on specific applications on an as-needed basis, normally on Tuesday afternoons/evenings. Generally, these meetings are attended by the Planning Director, Building Official, Zoning Official, Town Engineer (when required), Wetlands Agent (when required), Health District Sanitarian (when required), and Highway Superintendent (when required), as appropriate. Other officials such as the Fire Marshal and Regional Sewer Authority representative may be asked to attend if the nature of the application requires it.

Helpful information:

Zoning Regulations

Notice of Reconfiguration of Lot Line for First or "Free" Cut

Evaluating a Lot of Record

State and Federal Home Repair and Rehabilitation Programs

C-PACE: 

As of April 7, 2020, the Town of Bolton has signed onto the C-PACE program. C-PACE (Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy) is an innovative financing solution from Connecticut Green Bank that makes green energy upgrades safe, accessible and affordable. With C-PACE, building owners can enjoy the advantages of energy upgrades immediately and pay for them over time through a voluntary benefit assessment lien, levied and recorded against the benefiting property, to be repaid along with real property taxes. It’s a safe investment that produces returns immediately and for years to come. Click here to learn more about how C-PACE can benefit you.          

As always, our staff is here to assist you and guide you through the building and land use permit application process. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding a building or land use matter, or feel free to visit our department anytime during business hours.