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.


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


The special permit application is composed of several documents.

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.

Learn more about Green Building Requirements including required submissions.


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

Locations of all completed special permits and those active special permits either under construction or granted but not yet built can be found on the Special Permits Map. Select a permit to learn more and find links to relevant documents.

Visit the Special Permit Cases webpage to search for special permit cases by address, keyword, or date; find the latest plans and documents for projects completed or under review; and learn when the Planning Board will next review a special permits case. 

Locations of all granted Planning Board special permits not later withdrawn are found on the Zoning Viewer maintained by the City's GIS staff.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 Swaathi Joseph at 617/349-4668 or with any questions about applications.