Our department's mission is to enhance the quality of life in Boston by protecting air, water, climate and land resources, and by preserving and improving the integrity of Boston's architectural and historic resources. We maintain Boston's wealth of historic sites, buildings, landscapes, and waterways through protective designation and review processes.
We are focused on implementing the Mayor’s commitment to sustainable development, climate protection, and the environment by reviewing environmental impact assessments, issuing permits and providing information and referral services on environmental issues.
Through participation in various local, state, and federal review processes, we seek to increase the accessibility and quality of Boston’s water and riverfronts. We provide improved access to energy efficiency services for both residents and businesses.