Members of the Board come together to form panels in various regions of the Province and conduct scheduled hearings. In total, five regional Board panels convene across New Brunswick to hear appeals made by individuals or groups who are unsatisfied with a decision made in relation to their property, heritage conservation areas or development.
An appeal hearing panel is comprised of a Chair and up to two other members from the region of the appeal. The Chair may designate an alternate member or a member from another region; however one of the panel members must be a local member to address regional matters. Hearings are scheduled by the Board Chairperson and take place as and where required. During a hearing, it is the panel's responsibility to consider all evidence provided. The panel takes into consideration the facts presented at the hearing and provides a written decision.
It is important to note that the Board does not act on the behalf of Government but is linked to the Department of Local Government for administration purposes only, such as staffing and finance management. The Minister of Local Government and Local Governance Reform does not have decision-making powers in relation to appeals made to the Board, and civil servants are not permitted to serve on the Board.