What is Development Review?

Small Project Review

Small Project Review applies to projects that do not meet the threshold for Large Project Review (they are less than 50,000 square feet of gross floor area) but that are expected to affect the surrounding area and public realm because of size or location. The primary elements addressed during Small Project Review relate to project design. Applicants will be informed if they are required to undergo Small Project Review by the City of Boston's Inspectional Services Department or by a project manager at the BPDA.

Small Project Review generally applies to projects that add a minimum of 20,000 square feet of gross floor area or a minimum of 15 dwelling units,Small Project Review requires the submission of an application that is reviewed by the BPDAs Urban Design Department, City agencies and the impacted community. Elements of the project that may be reviewed include:

  • consistency with urban design principles,
  • site plan review,
  • and signage in non-residential districts.

If you are a developer looking to begin the development review process, please find information in the Development Review Guidelines.

For more information, please contact Michael Christopher, Interim Director of Development Review.

  • Boston Planning & Development Agency
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