The Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) consists of seven members and hears requests for conditional use permits, variances, permission to expand/change nonconforming uses, and similar zoning relief. The ZBA does not participate directly in the Boston Planning & Development Agency's development review process, but may require BPDA design review as a condition of zoning relief. The BPDA conducts this review through the urban design component of Large Project Review or the design component of Small Project Review, depending on the project's size.
Zoning Board of Appeal project tracker now available online
The City's Inspectional Services Department has launched an online Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA) project tracker, available here. This new tool will increase access to information related to proposed projects seeking relief from the ZBA. The tracker is designed for anyone to quickly search for a specific appeal that has been submitted to the ZBA, or to search for appeals based on criteria such as location or applicant, in order to identify the status of the appeal. To learn more, please visit: boston.gov/news/zoning-board-appeal-project-tracker-now-available-online.