Planning Board

Cambridge Planning Board

The Cambridge Planning Board reviews plans and proposals under the Special Permit provisions of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance and Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws, proposes or reviews zoning amendments, makes recommendations to the City Council about proposed revisions to the Zoning Ordinance, and engages in general planning efforts to improve the physical environment of the City.

UPDATE: At this time the City of Cambridge (“City”) will not be holding any non-essential public meetings due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the City Manager’s closure of all City buildings to non-essential business.  On April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed into law Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19 (“Act”), which extends all permitting deadlines for permits issued by City multi-member boards and commissions until after the State of Emergency is lifted.  In light of the extensions provided for in the Act and the closure of City buildings, at this time the City’s boards and commissions will be rescheduling all public hearings in accordance with the extensions permitted under the Act.  Applicants will receive notice of the new date once the hearing is rescheduled, and notice will be sent to any necessary parties, advertised and posted, as required by applicable laws.

Additionally, while the State of Emergency is in effect, applications for permits issued by City multi-member boards and commissions may be filed by e-mail to the City Clerk at  All application fees should be submitted to the applicable board or commission by mail. For further instructions on Planning Board applications please contact Swaathi Joseph at

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

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For more information about the Planning Board contact Liza Paden at 617/349-4647 or