|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 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (City Hall, Basement, Room B10). In order to be included on an upcoming meeting agenda, a complete application must be submitted by noon on the 1st Wednesday of every month to the Planning and Development Department (City Hall, Basement, Room B10).
See below information regarding upcoming meetings or approved meeting minutes.
|Meeting Date||Agenda||Packet Documents & Staff Memo|
|January 17, 2018||Agenda||Packet Documents|
|February 21, 2018||Agenda||Packet Documents|
|March 21, 2018||Agenda|
|April 18, 2018||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|May 16, 2018||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|June 27, 2018||Agenda|
|July 18, 2018||Agenda||Staff Memo|
|August 15, 2018||Agenda||Staff Memo|
September 17, 2018
Please note the date change
|October 17, 2018||Agenda|
|November 28, 2018||Agenda||
|December 19, 2018||Agenda||
Packet Documents &
|January 18, 2017||Agenda|
|February 15, 2017||Agenda|
March 15, 2017
|April 19, 2017||Agenda|
|May 17, 2017||Agenda||
|June 21, 2017||Agenda|
|July 19, 2017||Agenda|
|August 24, 2017||Agenda|
|September 27, 2017||Agenda|
|October 18, 2017||Agenda|
|November 15, 2017||Agenda|
|December 20, 2017||Agenda|
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.