|Members||Department Contact||Mailing Address|
Michael Kaufman, Chair
Planning & Development Department
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
All signs must be reviewed before they are installed on any building in the City. The City's sign regulations can be found in Section 5.2 Signs of the City's Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 30). The maximum allowable sign are depends on the type of sign, establishment use, and underlying zoning district.
Complete Sign Application Package available here (please note: all of the forms are fillable online and can be printed).
Applications for signs should be submitted to the Planning and Development Department (City Hall, Basement, Room B10) with the following information:
The proposed sign is then reviewed by the Urban Design Commission, usually within two weeks, which issues advisory comments to the Planning and Development Department. A recommendation is then sent to the Commissioner of Inspectional Services who then may issue the building permit for the sign. For information regarding pre-application reviews of potential sign permit applications or fence appeals, please contact the staff liaison listed above.
The Urban Design Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (subject to change) at 7:00 p.m. in Newton City Hall (Applicants will be notified via email as to the room location prior to the meeting). In order to be included on an upcoming meeting agenda, a complete application must be submitted by noon on the deadline date specified below to the Planning and Development Department (City Hall, Basement, Room B10).
See below information regarding upcoming meetings.
|Deadline||Meeting Date||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|December 24||January 8||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|January 29||February 12||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|February 26||March 11||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|April 1||April 15||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|April 29||May 13||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|May 27||June 10||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|June 24||July 8||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|July 29||August 12||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|August 26||September 9||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|September 30||October 14||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|November 4||November 18||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|December 2||December 16||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|Meeting Date||Agenda||Staff Memo|
*Note: New Date*
*Note: New Date*
|December 11||Agenda||Staff Memo|
The Urban Design Commission is committed to the preservation, improvement, and development of the City's physical environment, and implements this by:
The Urban Design Commission is an appointed body with members from throughout the City, and when possible has members from the eight wards of the City. While the primary responsibility of the Commission is in an advisory capacity, it also acts is a judicial capacity in its review of fence permit appeals. As such, the Commission has adopted the following Rules & Regulations to guide and inform their interpretation and decision-making duties.