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: Due to statewide emergency orders limiting the size of public gatherings in response to COVID-19, and in accordance with Governor Charles D. Baker's Executive Order of March 12, 2020, temporarily amending certain requirements of the Open Meeting Law, as well as the City of Cambridge Temporary Emergency Restrictions on City Public Meetings, City Events and City Permitted Events Due to COVID-19 amended on July 30, 2020, meetings of the Planning Board will be held with remote participation until further notice.

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.  Applicants will receive notice of new hearing dates as they are scheduled, 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