Zoning 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. If you have questions about these By-Laws and Guidelines pertaining to your project, please review our By-Law FAQs or see our Staff Directory.

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> Town of Brookline General By-Laws

> Massachusetts General Laws 


> Zoning By-Law , effective November 13, 2018; edited 12/17/2021 to correct formatting errors. Not certified official by Town Clerk.

> October 2022 Addendum to Zoning By-Law with By-Law Amendments since November 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

> Planning Board Guidelines for Review of Projects subject to a finding under M.G.L. c.40A §6


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Zoning Amendments

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Local Historic Districts Design Guidelines