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Plans and Zoning (Counter 2)

Zoning regulates the uses and dimensional boundaries (i.e. height) of privately owned buildings and land.

Plans & Zoning Counter 2 ("intake") processes stamped plans, costs, and fees - guiding your application through the permit process. Located on the 5th floor of the Building Division.
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What happens after I submit my application?

Code compliance
Planning & Zoning (PZ) reviews plans to ensure compliance with codes (e.g. building, fire, zoning, etc.)

Approval
PZ determines whether outside approval will be needed before processing the application.

What can I do?

Check Status Online
Search and retrieve information on a filed permit application.
Building Permit Search

Be prepared
Being armed with a proper scope, cost, and necessary documents from the beginning will expedite your permit request.

Appeal
If PZ denies the permit due to a code violation, you may appeal to the Board of Appeals or appropriate state review board. You must appeal within 45 days from the date of the refusal letter if violation involves Zoning.
Appeals Process

Hours and Directions

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday: 
    8:00am - 4:00pm


    Thursday Evening:
    Building Division Only 
    8:00am - 7:00pm



    Please note that the cashier closes 15 minutes prior to closing.


  • Building & Structures Division

    1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 5th floor
    Boston, MA 02118
    Tel: 617-635-5300
    Fax: 617-635-5360
     

    Plans & Zoning Division
    Tel: 617-635-5300
    Fax: 617-635-5399

    Building Division Contacts