Development approval near public parks and parkways
The review under Municipal Code Section 7-4.11 (the "100' rule") generally focuses on projects adjacent to:
- public parks and parkways owned by the City, state, or federal government
- open space that is protected by a conservation or deed restrictions, and
- property protected under Article 97 of the Article of Amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Before you can get building permits, the Boston Parks and Recreation Commission will need to approve your project. The Commission typically reviews projects after all other federal, state, and City agencies including the Boston Planning & Development Agency, the Zoning Board of Appeal, the Landmarks Commission, and the Conservation Commission.
Please reach out to the Commission staff during the Planning & Development Agency’s Article 80 review of your planned project. Applications are due by the first Friday of each month in order to be considered at that month’s public hearing.
Small renovations and additions may be approved administratively. This approval typically takes about two weeks after all plans and information have been received.
You can complete and submit our online form to start the review process: