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.
Need to know
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.
Small renovations and additions may be approved administratively. This approval typically takes about two weeks after all plans and information have been received. Applications are due by the first Friday of each month in order to be considered at that month’s public hearing.
How do I know if my property requires the review of the Parks Commission?
- When you apply for a building permit through Inspectional Services, your property will be automatically flagged if it is within 100' or permanently protected open space.
- You can see the permanently protected open space in Boston online.
- The Boston Planning and Development Agency also identifies properties that are subject to review of the Parks Commission.
Submit an application
You can complete and submit our online form to start the review process:
Boston Parks and Recreation Commission
1010 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.