Zoning

The Cambridge Zoning Ordinance regulates the development and use of real property in the City and is controlled by MGL 40A . Building permit applications are reviewed for compliance with the Ordinance prior to the issuance of a building permit.  Some uses and/or developments of real property may require relief from the Board of Zoning Appeal (BZA).

The BZA hears requests for Variances, Special Permits, Comprehensive Permits, and Appeals.  A Variance is required if the proposed use or development is prohibited by the Ordinance.  A Special Permit is required where the proposed use or development is identified by the Ordinance as requiring one.  A Comprehensive Permit is required for certain subsidized housing projects.  The BZA also hears appeals of Zoning Determinations made by the Inspectional Services Department.

Zoning applications are available through our online permitting system.

2019 TENTATIVE BZA HEARING DATES
  • January 10 & 31
  • February 14 & 28
  • March 14 & 28
  • April 11 & 25
  • May 16 & 30
  • June 13 & 27
  • July 11 & 25
  • August 15 & 29
  • September 12 & 26
  • October 10 & 24
  • November 7 & 21
  • December 12

Zoning Base Districts Map  
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