Special Permits

From concept to completion the division oversees the special permit process required under Chapter 30 of the City Ordinances. This process applies to many different kinds of potential development from additions to small non-conforming structures to large commercial buildings.

The special permit process requires an application to the Board of Aldermen and a public hearing before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Aldermen with notification to abutters within 300 feet of the subject property.

Applicants are encouraged to confer with the Planning Department staff before filing a special permit application with the City Clerk's office.

The following are technical review memos prepared by the Planning & Development Department for the Board of Aldermen.  Click here to link to Aldermanic - Land Use Committee Information.

Development Review-High Interest Projects

Link to Board of Aldermen Special Permit Pages

Land Use Committee - 
Working Sessions

Land Use Committee - Public Hearings - 2014 (below)

Public Hearing Date                             Petition                        Location                                      
October 28, 2014     #210-14 135 Wells Avenue
October 14, 2014 #317-14
#228-14(2)
#318-14
#319-14
#335-14
#336-14
#132-14(2)
#337-14
1175 Walnut Street
102 McCarthy Road
88 Crescent Street
26 Elm Street
198 California Street
230 Needham Street
49-51 Winchester Street
59-61 Warwick Road
October 7, 2014     #167-14 697 Washington Street
September 23, 2014 #273-14
#102-06
114 River Street and 5-7 Elm Street
Kesseler Woods
September 16, 2014     #272-14
#274-14
#257-13(4)
#275-14
#316-14
#43-14
#229-14
42 Brae Burn Road
296-334 Washington Street
145 Wells Avenue
320 Needham Street
30 Hancock Street
159-161 Edinboro Street
93 Bellevue Street
July 29, 2014     #318-13(3)
#229-14
#423-13(2)
#230-14
#166-14
#165-14
161 Edinboro Street
93 Bellevue Street
215 Needham Street
1-55 Boylston Street
22 Lenox Street
3-5 Auburn Street
July 15, 2014 #285-06(2)
#222-14
#223-14
#224-14
#225-14
#226-14
#227-14
35 Commonwealth Avenue 
29 Wedgewood Road
454 Walnut Street
126-128 Westland Avenue
1247-1249 Centre Street
21 Larchmont Avenue
64 Perkins Street
June 17, 2014 #167-14 697 Washington Street
June 10, 2014 #152-14
#164-14
#166-14
1186 Chestnut Street
37 Ferncroft Road
22 Lenox Street
June 3, 2014 #69-14 79 Shornecliffe Road
May 13, 2014     #109-14
#141-13(3)
#128-14
#129-14
#130-14
#131-14
#132-14
#424-13
11 Solon Street
74 Newtonville Avenue
50-52 Noble Street
96 Lenox Street
36 Billings Park
2330 Washington Street
49-51 Winchester Street
19-33 Needham Street
 May 6, 2014 #43-14 21 Court Street
April 8, 2014 #56-14    
#67-14
#68-14
#69-14
#70-14
#44-14
30 Tower Road
1545 Washington Street
63 Kenwood Avenue
79 Shornecliffe Road
740 Beacon Street
105 Union Street
March 11, 2014 #42-14
#139-12(2)
#43-14
58 Ferncroft Road
176 Boylston Street

21 Court Street
March 4, 2014 #23-14 78 Lovett Road
February 11, 2014 #330-13(3)
#21-14
#22-14
#23-14
3-5 Milton Avenue
163 Suffolk Road
719 Washington Street
78 Lovett Road
February 4, 2014 #412-13 425-433 Watertown Street
January 14, 2014 #405-13
#412-13
#422-13
#423-13
#425-13
176 Homer Street
425-433 Watertown Street
76 Hyde Avenue
215 Needham Street
183 Adams Avenue