Planning Board Special Permits

The Planning Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority for those uses listed as "PB" in the Zoning Ordinance Article 4.000 - Use Regulations. The Planning Board conducts public hearings where applicants present proposals, public testimony is taken and findings are made as to the relief being sought. All Planning Board business is conducted during the public meeting and agendas are posted at the City Clerk's Office and online at the Planning Board web page.

Applications

To learn about the application process and requirements see Planning Board Special Permit Application Requirements, which acts as a guide for applicants.

Forms

The special permit application is composed of several documents.

Individual Forms:

Green Building Requirements

The City uses green building requirements to promote environmentally sustainable and energy-efficient design and development practices. The requirement extend to both new construction and renovation projects.

Use this flowchart to learn more about the Green Building Requirements found in the Article 22 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Learn more about Green Building Requirements including required submissions.

Timeline

A public hearing is held within 65 days of the complete application submittal. The Planning Board decision is filed within 90 days of the public hearing unless an extension is mutually agreed upon by both the Planning Board and the applicant at a public meeting.

Pending Applications, Active  Permits, and Completed Developments

All active special permits granted but not built, under construction, or completed since the beginning of 2011 can be found on the Active Special Permits Map. Select a permit to learn more and find links to relevant documents.

The locations of all special permits for which construction is complete are found on the Completed Special Permits Map. Select a permit to learn more and find links to relevant documents, though note that not all documents are available for all older permits.

To find special permit applications, supporting documents, hearing notices, and decisions for all applications submitted since the beginning of 2011 and not yet built or currently under construction view the Active and Recent Special Permits Table.

To view materials related to permits applied for since the beginning of 2011 and whose construction is complete see the Completed Special Permits Table.

Locations of all granted Planning Board special permits not later withdrawn are found on the Zoning Viewer maintained by the city's GIS staff.

For More Information

Please contact Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or lpaden@cambridgema.gov with any questions about applications.