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Air Pollution Control Commission

The Boston Air Pollution Control Commission works to maintain healthy air quality and noise levels in the City.

The Commission works to make our City a healthier and more comfortable place to live, work, and visit. We regulate activities that affect air quality and noise levels.

Better air quality means improving the health of the overall population. Reducing air pollution also reduces Boston's contribution to global climate change. While noise is a type of pollution that is often overlooked, we help keep noise at livable levels in the City.

Have questions? Contact:

Air Pollution Control Commission
1 City Hall Square, Room 709
Boston, MA 02201

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Proposed Regulation Changes

We're revising the procedures and criteria for the issuance of permits for the Downtown, South Boston, and East Boston Parking Freezes.

Current regulations, proposed revisions, and redline changes

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Who to contact

During normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., you can contact us at 617-635-3850 or emailing for concerns about noise related to:

  • construction sites
  • industrial sites
  • ventilation, or
  • air-conditioning equipment.

Outside of normal office hours, you can contact BOS: 311 with your concerns.

Please call 9-1-1 if you have a concern about noise related to: 

  • car alarms
  • loud parties, or
  • sound amplification devices.

Do you have a concern about noise related to airplanes? Please contact the Massachusetts Port Authority:

Do you have a concern about an open fire? Please contact the Boston Fire Department.

Boston Air Pollution Control Commission

We are coordinating to ensure clean, healthy air and appropriate noise levels in Boston. We work with many other City Hall departments,  and local, state, and federal agencies.

We review, permit, and regulate activities that relate to air quality and noise, including:

  • parking and idling
  • abrasive blasting
  • chemical cleaning of buildings
  • construction, and
  • open burning and smoke from industrial sites. 
Public hearings

We hold public hearings on a quarterly basis, or every three months. During hearings, the Commission reviews applications for parking freeze permits. Applications may be for new or modified permits in the South Boston or Downtown freeze areas. The Commission may also discuss or make decisions related to:


We hold hearings from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Room 900 at Boston City Hall (9th Floor), unless otherwise noted. Detailed hearing information will appear on the City's public notices page.

Filing Deadline Hearing Date
October 18, 2019 December 18, 2019
January 17, 2020  March 18, 2020
April 17, 2020  June 17, 2020
July 17, 2020  September 16, 2020
October 16, 2020 December 16, 2020

Commission details

Total Seats:

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Julien Farland Active
Russell Preston 11/4/2019 9/1/2022 Active
Sarah Lee 11/4/2019 9/1/2022 Active
Gregory Rooney Active
Richard Davey 1/3/2020 9/1/2020 Active