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 City of Boston's Planning Department model room is located on the ninth floor of Boston City Hall.
The Planning Department’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston's downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay, and the South Boston Waterfront. The model is maintained by the Urban Design Division’s Design team. The Design team is responsible for working in close collaboration with the Planning Division and across city cabinets to advance solutions that support better design outcomes for our communities.

Visit the Model Room

The model room is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Visit the model room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall, at One City Hall Square. If you plan to visit or would like to schedule a tour with staff, please contact Colleen Woods at [email protected].