Choosing a Location

Zoning & Occupancy

Check zoning online by searching for parcel designation on the Boston Redevelopment Authority’s searchable map, then check whether Restaurant, Take-out, Drive-in, or Live Entertainment uses are Allowed, Forbidden, or Conditional in the Zoning Code (by Neighborhood District in Articles 38-73).

Check the building’s existing legal use and occupancy online through the Building Permit Search.

To change the zoning or use, file a Long Form online and appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeal if it is a conditional or forbidden use at that location.

The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) offers a Zoning Clinic for zoning-related questions every Tuesday from 9am-12 noon at Plans and Zoning, Counter 2, 1010 Mass Ave, Boston, MA.