Planning Department Permitting Guide
Office of Planning & Economic Development (OPED)
70 Tapley Street
Philip Dromey, Deputy Director of Planning
8:15 am - 4:30 pm, Monday -Friday
1st & 3rd Wednesday at 6:00 pm, 36 Court Street, City Hall, Room 220
Katie Stebbins, Chair
Jennifer McQuade, (Parks Rep.)
Chris Cignoli (Public Works Rep.)
Gloria DeFillipo (Board Clerk)
Ben Swan, Jr. (Vice Chair)
Description of Board:
The Planning Board is responsible for ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the City of Springfield through the review of land use issues, development of plans forthe City, and administration of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Regulations.
Subdivision Approvals, Overlay District Special Permits
Process for Obtaining Permit(s):
Obtain and submit applications to the OPED during regularbusiness hours. Applicants are urged to schedule a Pre-application Meeting prior to submittal of site plans.Applications online at: www.springfieldcityhall.com/planning/
The Applicant must pay for the legal advertisement costs and abutters notice costs. Notice must be in the paper for 2 weeks prior to the scheduled public hearing.
Time Frame for Public Hearing:
Upon submission of complete application, the OPED will schedule a hearing as soon as possible, usually within one-month from date of submittal.
Time Frame for Decision:
Special Permit decisions must be made within 90 days of the close of the public hearing.
Preliminary Subdivision Decisions must be made within 45 days after date of submission.
Definitive Subdivision Review Decisions must be made within 90 days if a Preliminary Subdivision has been submitted or 135 days without.
Within 20 days after decision is filed with City Clerk, file appeal in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40A s.17.
See table below.
Applicable Local, State, Federal Statutes
M.G.L. Chapters 40A, 40R & 41
City of Springfield Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Rules & Regulations
(Check with department for recent fee amendments)
Approval Not Required Plans (ANR)
$250.00 + $ 50.00 /per lot
Overlay District Special Permit
$500.00 (2 / $250.00 checks)