CityOfBoston Official An official website of the City of Boston

This is the website for the City of Boston’s new Planning Department, which launched on July 1. The staff and many responsibilities of the Boston Planning & Development Agency have moved to the Planning Department of the City of Boston including planning & zoning, urban design, development review, and real estate divisions. Please excuse any misalignment you may see on our site as we transition to the City. Learn more


The Planning Department GIS Lab maintains a 3D model of the city available for public download. The 3D model is constructed of several components: Terrain, Groundplan, and 3D models of buildings. Each of the city-model components is made available in open-source data formats, and as an all-in-one SketchUp format model that combines all of the components in one model per tile that can be imported with into most modeling tools.

Available Datasets


Explore our complete 3D Data Documentation for detailed information about our city model and its components. Download the Citywide Sketchup Tile Grid to place individual Sketchup tiles in a geolocated citywide grid. 

Data Download Instructions

The city is divided into a tile system, making it easy to access 3D data. Use the interactive map below to find and download 3D data for different parts of Boston. 

  • Search for an address or zoom into an area of interest.
  • Click on a map tile to find download links and documentation.
  • Use the home button to go back to the original view.

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