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Rules on air pollution in Boston

Last updated: 4/6/17

Rules on air pollution in Boston

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

The Air Pollution Control Commission protects residents against several forms of air contaminants that:

  • cause a nuisance
  • are harmful to people, animals, vegetation, or property
  • unreasonably affect residents’ right to enjoy life or conduct business.

Have questions? Contact us:

1 City Hall Square, Room 709
Boston, MA 02201

Learn about the rules

We have rules that regulate various pollutants in the City, including:

  • the burning of coal, residual fuel oil, distillate fuel oil and gas
  • the density of smoke particulates that can be produced
  • the use of abrasive blasting and chemicals to clean buildings
  • the open burning of material (contact the Fire Department to see if it's legal)
  • the dust and noise from construction sites and other sources
  • exhaust from idling vehicles, and
  • the parking freeze initiative.

We work with state and federal agencies to improve air quality in New England. We do this by enforcing ordinances, giving permits, and holding public hearings.