Permit Framingham: Plan - Build - Grow
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The City of Framingham has taken significant strides to become a business friendly community. Framingham was once able to rely on its central location, infrastructure, and accessibility to transportation as a way to attract businesses and development. However, times have changed, technology has modified the way we do business and the economic recession opened the eyes of the City. Although the City could not mitigate the impacts of the economic recession, the City did take the economic downturn as an opportunity to redesign its permitting process and bring Framingham to the forefront of the permitting process.
After Framingham became a Chapter 43D: Expedited Permitting Community in 2013, the City decided to recreate its entire permitting process. Framingham envisioned a permitting process that was easy to use and navigate for all projects, no matter the size.
Framingham has developed an efficient procedure to guide applicants and potential applicants through the permitting process.
Below is the 5 stage project development and review process. Click the headers of each stage to be taken to the specific stage webpage, or click the image below to zoom into the Applicant Development Process.
Stage one helps an Applicant generate an idea for a project, gain a better understanding of what can be done on the site, and learn the steps required. During Stage One a meeting will be held with the Director of Community & Economic Development and the Planning Board Administrator to discuss possible options available for the property. If an Applicant already has a project idea for a site, this stage may be skipped.
Stage Two allows Applicants that have an identified property, preliminary documentation regarding the property, and basic site plans and/or architectural plans to meet with the Technical Review Team (TRT) to determine which licenses and permits are required. The TRT will provide comments and clearly layout the necessary process for each license and permit.
Stage Three is when the application(s) are filed with the appropriate Permit Granting Authority (PGA) as prescribed in stage two.
Stage Four is the review process to obtain the necessary licenses and permits applied for through the proper Permit Granting Authority (PGA). Once the appropriate PGA has deemed an application(s) from stage three complete, supporting staff of the specific PGA will provide a clear timetable and the explanation for the process.
Stage Five is the construction phase of the project. This stage will require an Applicant to work closely with the Building & Wire Department, Fire Department, and the respective Permit Granting Authority (PGA).