Who approves projects that require a public hearing?

The Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historical Commission, Conservation Commission, and Central Business Architecture Committee hear permit applications at advertised public hearings. Depending on the relevant statute, the city or the applicant may publish legal notices and notify abutters. Anyone is welcome at the public hearings and invited to participate.

Boards are made up of unpaid community volunteers, dedicating their time to serve our community. Planning & Sustainability staff assists applicants, community members, and boards to ensure a legal, fair, and transparent process following regulations and broader Sustainable Northampton Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives.

Neither the Mayor nor City Councilors review or approve permits.

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1. How do I get a permit for new construction on my property?
2. What if my project requires a public hearing?
3. What type of permits are reviewed at public hearings?
4. How do I find out about projects in my neighborhood?
5. Where do I comment or ask questions about a project?
6. Who approves projects that require a public hearing?
7. How are decisions made and what happens after a public hearing?