What is Zoning?

Boston’s Zoning Code

The Boston Zoning Code is the set of rules that dictate the allowed shape, density, and use of development in a given area. It protects Boston's distinct neighborhoods from the development of buildings or uses that do not harmonize with their surrounding context. Boston's Zoning Code incorporates a written code (describing setbacks, heights, allowed uses, densities, etc.) and maps which indicate which geographic areas are subject to which zoning guidelines.

Fifteen of Boston's twenty-six neighborhoods were once separate towns (or neighborhoods of separate towns). As the years passed, these neighborhoods were slowly annexed by the City of Boston. To this day, many of these neighborhoods remain unique in their look and feel compared to the rest of the City. The most recent edition of the Boston Zoning Code, enacted in 1964, has evolved and adapted to accommodate the unique character of these places.

The BPDA’s Role in Zoning

The Boston Planning & Development Agency's role is not to enforce or manage zoning code and requirements. Rather, the BPDA helps to shape the zoning code. After public planning processes and dialogue, the BPDA may petition the Boston Zoning Commission (BZC) to adopt changes that reflect the neighborhood planning goals. The BPDA also reviews development projects which are so large or unique that they cannot be reasonably approved using the existing zoning code. When this occurs, the BPDA uses tools such as Article 80 Project Review.

Finding More Information

The Zoning Viewer is an online tool where you can learn about the zoning for a particular site. Here you can see how a site is currently zoned, access the Zoning Code, and view the Assessor for information about ownership.

To view official zoning maps, look for maps in the Zoning Code or visit the Zoning Maps page, where the BPDA GIS department has compiled zoning code maps.

To look up common terms related to zoning, please see the BPDA's glossary.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Language Access

Interpreting services are available to communicate the information at these meetings at no additional cost to you. If you require translation services, please contact the following: [email protected]. Please request interpreting services no later than 5 days before the meeting date.

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