By-Laws and Guidelines

Below are links to Town of Brookline By-Laws pertaining to the regulatory processes of the Planning and Community Development Department that outline procedures, rules and regulations. The Department also publishes guidelines that support and assist applicants in completing applications in a way that will most effectively follow the By-Laws.

> Town of Brookline General By-Laws

> Massachusetts General Laws 


> Zoning By-Law (effective November 13, 2018)

> April 2021 Addendum to Zoning By-law with By-law Amendments since November 13, 2018

> Zoning Maps

> Subdivision Regulations

> Planning Board Rules and Regulations

> Zoning Board of Appeals Rules and Regulations

> Sign and Facade Guidelines

> Planning Board Design Guidelines on Counterbalancing Improvements for Projects Requiring Zoning Relief

> Rules, Regulations, and Guidelines for Section 9.13 (On-Site Fossil Fuel Infrastructure) of the Zoning By-law


Demolition By-Law

> Historic Districts By-Law

> Local Historic District (LHD) Design Guidelines

> Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) By-Law

> Preservation Commission Rules and Regulations 

If you have additional questions about these By-Laws and guidelines and how they pertain to your project, please review our FAQs or contact staff.

If you are looking for Zoning or Preservation applications, they can be found here.

Local Historic Districts Design Guidelines