Forms and Applications

OPCD Permit Application Procedures in Effect During COVID-19 Pandemic

Pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, charter, ordinance or by-law to the contrary, during the governor's March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency, the process for permit applications to permit granting authorities has been modified and timelines for permit application review have been extended.

During this time please follow these steps to submit applications to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals and Melrose Downtown Historic District Commission. Please note that all application submission requirements, including application fees, remain in full force and effect. All application submission questions should be directed by email to the applicable permit granting authority as set forth below.

1. Submit your application including the supplemental information as attachments via email to the applicable staff person as noted. Links to the application forms are below. Staff will generate abutters list – applicants are not required to seek the list from the Assessor’s Department. Include as an attachment a picture of the check that you wrote for the application fee. Please include the street number and name in the file name of the documents. Emails should be sent to:

If you do not have the ability to email the materials, you may just submit hard copies as described next.

2. Whether or not you emailed the application, you must submit hard copies of the application materials to the City Hall mailbox which is located next to the Post Office. They must be in a sealed envelope and labeled with OPCD Application Materials. Only two sets are needed at this time. You may be asked to provide additional copies prior to the meeting. Include the application fee check in the envelope. Make sure to put the address and application type in the memo section of the check.

3. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the application within 48 hours. If you do not receive an email after this time, please contact the staff person again. The City Clerk will stamp the application certifying that the application has been received and this stamp will serve as the official time stamp for receiving your application. 

4. After staff has had a chance to review the application they will email you to ask for any additional information needed to have a complete application.

5. Please note that pursuant to Section 17(b)(ii) of Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, any requirement that a hearing commence within a specific period of time after filing of an application or request for approval shall be suspended, provided that such period shall resume 45 days after the termination of the state of emergency. The Boards and Commission will make reasonable efforts, as determined by its chair (pursuant to Section 17(b)(v)), to schedule a hearing or meeting, as applicable, to review the application, taking into account the current state of emergency. Staff will notify you in writing when your hearing or meeting has been scheduled.

Board of Appeals

Planning Board

Sign & Facade Grant Program

Melrose Downtown Historic District