The Boston Redevelopment Authority was established in 1957 to guide physical, social and economic change in…More Boston's neighborhoods. Today the BRA is responsible for everything from approving housing projects to revitalizing the South Boston Waterfront. John Palmieri is the current director of the BRA.
For a list of development projects in your neighborhood, visit the Redevelopment Authority's website, navigate to Land Use on the menu bar and click on Development Projects, where you can select your neighborhood from the drop-down menu.
Boston Animal Control Department 1 City Hall Sq Rm 811, Boston, MA02201 Boston's Animal Control unit has administrative offices at City Hall and runs an animal shelter and adoption center in…More Roslindale. The unit handles dog licensing, hosts rabies vaccination clinics, investigates cases of animal abuse, enforces local animal laws and inspects animal kennels, dog groomers and veterinarian offices. The Animal Control unit also supervises a large volunteer animal care program at the Roslindale shelter.
With four at-large and nine district seats, the City Council is the official legislative body for Boston's…More neighborhoods. The council serves as a connection between residents and all facets of municipal government. The council has the authority to enact ordinances, resolutions and orders and it is mandated to represent the interest of Boston residents.
Weekdays, the council's offices on the fifth floor of City Hall are open to residents. Each councillor has a staff that is accessible to walk-in visitors, though appointments are recommended.
The council also accepts public comment during its weekly meetings in the City Council Chamber, which is also located on the fifth floor. Meetings start at noon each Wednesday.
Agendas for weekly meetings are available on the council's web site. A full schedule of the council's committee meetings is also available online too.
The Inspectional Services Department is responsible for enforcing building, housing, health, sanitation and safety…More regulations mandated by city and state governments. The department oversees all activities related to building permits, zoning reviews, safety inspections and the licensure of food establishments.
The Department's Environmental Services office is also responsible for overseeing and enforcing laws and ordinances related to trash storage and pickup as well as rodent control.
The Assessing Department is responsible for determining the value of all 143,000 real estate and 5,000 personal…More properties in the city, and setting the tax rate accordingly by January 1 of each year. The 2010 residential rate is $11.88 and the commercial rate is $29.38.
The department sends out all property tax records, keeps track of ownership and property changes based on transactions at the Registry of Deeds, and sends out bills for motor vehicle excise and boat excise tax.
From abatements to condo conversions, the department provides a wealth of information through the City of Boston website. Taxpayers can also make payments online, or in person through the Taxpayer Referral & Assistance Center (TRAC), a one-stop-shop for all tax related issues. Call or visit on the office on third floor of City Hall during businesses hours, or submit a request with questions or concerns anytime through an online form.