What is the Zoning Commision?

The Boston Zoning Commission (BZC) maintains and updates Boston's zoning code. In order to fulfill that responsibility, the Commission meets on a regular basis (generally once a month) to adopt map and text changes to the Code. In addition to adopting map and text changes, the BZC also considers applications for special zoning designations such as Planned Development Areas (PDAs) and Institutional Master Plans (IMPs).

Anyone may petition the Zoning Commission to adopt a change to the zoning code. The Boston Planning & Development Agency typically petitions the Zoning Commission to adopt changes after a public dialogue and planning process. After a petition is authorized by the BPDA Board, a public notice of a Zoning Commission hearing is advertised online, in the Boston Herald, and other local newspapers at least 20 days prior to the hearing.

The Zoning Commission works separately from the Zoning Board of Appeal (ZBA), which hears requests for conditional use permits, variances, permission to expand/change nonconforming uses, and similar zoning relief. The Zoning Board of Appeal is housed in the Inspectional Services Department of the City of Boston.

Participating in Hearings

Zoning Commission hearings are currently being conducted virtually through Zoom. The public can participate in hearings by registering for and attending Zoom meetings and verbally offering public comment. The public can also send written comments by email to [email protected] or by post to 1 City Hall Square, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02201.

Hearings are usually held on the first Wednesday of each month. The current calendar can be found below. Links to register for Zoom hearings as well as hearing agendas can be found by clicking on the hearing dates.

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Upcoming Hearings

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Wed

14

Dec

Zoning Commission Hearing 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

LOCATION: Virtual Meeting

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11

Jan

Zoning Commission Hearing 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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Finding Documents

Click below to view documents related to the Zoning Commission, including meeting minutes, current and past agendas, and text amendments.

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.

Se encuentra disponible el servicio gratuito de interpretación de la información brindada en estas reuniones.Si necesita servicios de traducción, contáctese con: [email protected]. Por favor, solicite los servicios de interpretación a más tardar 5 días antes de la fecha de la reunión.

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Os serviços de interpretação estão disponíveis para comunicar a informação nestas reuniõessem custos adicionais para si. Se necessitar de serviços de tradução, favor entrar em contacto com: [email protected]. Por favor, solicite serviços de interpretação o mais tardar 5 dias antes da data da reunião.

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الترجمة ، يرجى الاتصال بما يلي: [email protected]. من فضلكم، الرجاء طلب خدمات الترجمة في موعد لا يتجاوز 5 أيام

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Sirvisus di interpretason sta disponível pa komunika informason na kes reunion sin nenhum kustu adisional. Si nha mesti di sirvisus di traduson, nha podi kontakta siginti: [email protected]. Pur favor solisita sirvisu di interpretason más tardar 5 dias antis di data di reunion.

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Boston Zoning Commission Membership List

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Boston Zoning Commission Membership List as of January 1, 2021
Name Nominating Organization Appointment Expiration
Ms. Jane Cooper Brayton Neighborhood Representative – Blackstone/Franklin Square Neighborhood May 1, 2022
Mr. John M. Arroyo Mayor’s Selection May 1, 2022
Mr. Michael Nichols Audubon Circle Neighborhood Association October 1, 2021
Vacant Mayor's Selection May 1, 2021
Ms. Jill Hatton Mayor's Selection May 1, 2021
Mr. Drew Leff Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce May 1, 2021
Mr. Michael DiMella  Greater Boston Real Estate Board November 1, 2020
Mr. David Marr Building Trade Employers' Association May 1, 2020
Vacant Boston Society of Architects May 1, 2020
Mr. Jay Hurley, Chairman Greater Boston Massachusetts Labor Council AFL-CIO May 1, 2019
Vacant Neighborhood Representative