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Zoning Board of Appeal

We inspect and review buildings for zoning compliance. The board regulates the rules behind what you can build and where you can build in Boston.

COVID-19 UPDATE: On March 30, 2020, the Supreme Judicial Court issued an order (OE-144) concerning service of papers under Rule 5(b) of the Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the spirit of the order, the Board of Appeal will accept service of Complaints under Rule 4 of the Mass. Rules of Civil Procedure via email. If you wish to serve a Complaint appealing a decision of the Board of Appeal, please do so by emailing a copy of the summons and filing to thomas.broom@boston.gov


City officials created the Boston Zoning Code in 1964. There are now 14 neighborhood codes and 18 codes for downtown Boston and the waterfront. You can also find the zoning for addresses in the City.

Zoning codes in Boston

Have questions? Contact:

Zoning Board of Appeal
Fax: 617-635-2918
1010 Mass. Ave, 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Office hours

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Public hearings

To find information on upcoming Board of Appeal hearings, please visit the public notices section of Boston.gov. You can also review Zoning Board of Appeal decisions.

Public Records requests

Have a public records request for the Board of Appeal? Please file a request through the City's Public Records Center.

Zoning Board of Appeal tracker

Through the Zoning Board of Appeal tracker, you can:

  • search for a specific appeal that has been submitted, or
  • search for appeals based on criteria, such as location or applicant.
Search our tracker

Board of Appeal reviews

The board reviews exceptions to the City’s zoning code.

The mayor appoints seven people to the board every three years. They meet every other Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The meetings take place at:

1 City Hall Square, Room 801
Boston, MA 02201

You can ask for an exception if your project gets rejected because it doesn’t meet a City zoning code. You have go to a public hearing to explain why you think you should get an exception to the zoning code.

how to apply for an appeal

2021 hearing dates

Hearing dates
  • Tuesday, January 12, 2021
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 6, 2021
  • Tuesday, April 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021
  • Tuesday, May 18, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 22, 2021
  • Tuesday, June 29, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 13, 2021
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
  • Tuesday,  August 31, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
  • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2021
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Tuesday November 16, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 7, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021
  • Thursday, January 21, 2021
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • Thursday, March 18, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • Thursday, July 22, 2021
  • Thursday, August 19, 2021
  • Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021

Meeting minutes

Minutes

Boston Planning & Development Agency

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) reviews appeal applications. They help builders plan projects and stay within zoning codes.

When reviewing an appeal application, they'll make recommendations to the Zoning Board on what to do.

They work with community groups and neighboring property owners. They also attend public hearings and help builders through the approval process.

Contact the Zoning Planner

Commission Info

Department:
Authority:
City
Term:
3 years
Stipend:
Yes
Total Seats:
7

Members and alternate members of the Zoning Board of Appeal receive a stipend of $200 per day of service, up to a maximum of $24,000 per year.

Current members

Member Appointed Expires Status
Mark Fortune 8/21/2019 7/1/2021 Holdover
Christine Araujo 8/21/2019 7/1/2021 Holdover
Mark Erlich 3/24/2017 9/1/2019 Holdover
Kerry Walsh Logue 9/16/2020 11/1/2022 Active
Tyrone Kindell Jr. 3/24/2017 10/1/2019 Holdover
Edward Deveau 8/21/2019 7/1/2021 Holdover
Joseph Ruggiero 8/21/2019 7/1/2021 Holdover
Konstantinos Ligris 9/16/2020 3/1/2022 Active
Jeanne Pinado 9/16/2020 7/1/2021 Holdover
Eric Robinson 11/18/2020 7/1/2021 Holdover
Hansy Better Barraza 11/18/2020 7/1/2021 Holdover
Bethany Patten 2/3/2021 7/1/2021 Holdover
Sherry Dong 2/3/2021 7/1/2021 Holdover
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