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Boston Zoning and Permitting

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    $120 ($60, BSA Members)

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The presentation will cover the basics of Boston’s Zoning Ordinance and permitting process in the City of Boston. City of Boston’s 3,000 page zoning code covers 23 neighborhoods, each with its own distinct set of zoning regulations and overlays. The code is multi-layered and regulates the allowed uses (over 260 types), dimensions, parking, inter-agency approval process, and more. The language of the code was written in the 1960’s and has since been updated and amended. This presentation will cover the basics of the Boston zoning code and equip attendees with the knowledge to dive deeper.

City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department (ISD) is at the heart of Boston’s building industry as it acts as a funnel for all construction applications within the city. ISD is comprised of five regulatory divisions that enforce zoning, building, housing, health, animal, and weights and measure regulations. ISD’s building department issues a myriad of permits from long forms to short forms to fast track permits. This presentation will focus on the requirements to obtain the various types of permits and their expected timeline. It will also discuss how the zoning variance process is implemented on the neighborhood level and how it interacts with the building code.

Peter Sun - Code Consultant, AKF
Jay Ierardi, PE, Ph. D - Partner, AKF

1.5 LU/HSW AIA credits are available.

This session is part of the BSA Summer CE Workshop series, which provides opportunities to earn HSW credits before the state licensing deadline on August 31. Stay up to date on industry issues with these professional workshops, offered Monday, August 19 and Friday, August 23, 2019. BSA members save 50 percent and have their credits reported on their AIA transcript.