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What happens after I submit my application?
Planning & Zoning reviews plans to ensure compliance with codes (e.g. building, fire, zoning, etc.)
Planning & Zoning determines whether outside approval will be needed before processing the application:
Parks Department: If the building is within 100 feet from a park or parkway, approval is required. (See City of Boston Code 7-4.12 for exceptions.)
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Environment Department: If the structure involves wetlands, approval is required.
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Landmarks: If erected in a historic district, approval is required.
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Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA): Depending on the area of the city and size of the project, BRA approval may be required.
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What can I do?
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Being armed with a proper scope, cost, and necessary documents from the beginning will expedite your permit request.
- If Planning & Zoning 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.