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or the Commonwealth, railroad stations and structures used primarily for
railway purposes, voting booths, tanks of certain specified capacities,
tunnels constructed and maintained by the public authority, tents cover-
ing an area of less than one hundred square feet, fences less than six feet
in height, signs or billboards upon the ground and signs less than one
square foot in area, and flagpoles less than twenty feet in length.

The Code authorizes the Commissioner to issue permits to erect,
enlarge, alter, substantially repair, move, demolish or change the occu-



56 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

pancy of any building or structure; or to install, alter, or substantially
repair plumbing, gas fitting, fire extinguishing apparatus and elevators;
or to install steam boilers, furnaces, heaters or other heat producing
apparatus the installation of which is regulated by the Code; or to install
engines or dynamos.

The Zoning Act also is administered by the Building Commissioner.
Under the provisions of this Act the city is divided into use districts,
defined as Residential, Business, Industrial and Unrestricted. With
minor exceptions, no building shall be erected or altered, nor shall any
building or premises be used, for any purpose other than the use per-
mitted in the district in which such building or premises is located.
(Chapter 488, Acts of 1924, as amended — the Zoning Act.)

The Commissioner registers master plumbers; establishes the qualifi-
cations of welders and licenses operators of elevators.

In addition. Chapter 143 of the General Laws, in so far as applicable
to Boston, is administered by the Building Commissioner under delegated
aluthority from the State Commissioner of Public Safety.

The primary purpose of the pubhc safety regulations promulgated
under this chapter is to estabhsh a minimum code of safety for the entire
state. Cities and towns may make further exactions in accordance with
local building ordinances and not inconsistent with law, but in no case may
the provisions of state law be avoided or minimized.

The law falls with particular force on all places of assembly —
restaurants, taverns, dance halls, meeting halls and all places of similar
occupancy in which fifty or more persons may be accommodated. Lodg-
ing houses and apartment houses in which there are eight of more rooms
above the second floor, or in which ten or more persons are accommodated
above the second floor come also within the provisions of this Act. All
such buildings must be certified by the Building Commissioner as to com-
pliance with these particular regulations in addition to the Boston Code
requirements.

On May 1, 1954, in accordance with Ordinances of 1954, Chapter 2,
Section 30, the powers, duties, appropriations and personnel of the Elec-
trical Inspection Division of the Fire Department were transferred to the
Building Department.

By Chapter 2 of the Ordinances of 1954 the Board of Appeal, the Board
of Examiners, the Board of Examiners of Gasfitters, and the Committee
on licenses were placed in the Building Department and the Board of
Zoning Adjustment and the Zoning Commission were placed in the said
Department by Revised Ordinances of 1961, Chapter 9, Sections 9 and 10,
but none of said Boards, Commission or Committee is subject to the
supervision or control of the Building Commissioner, but unless otherwise
ordered by the Mayor none of said Boards, Commission or Committee
shall communicate with the Mayor or make any annual or other report,
except through the Building Commissioner.



BUILDING DEPARTMENT



57



Board of Appeal
Office, 703 City Hall Annex, seventh floor

[Stat. 1938, Chap. 479, § 117, as amended by Ord. 1943, § 42 (Building
Code); Stat. 1924, Chap. 488, § 19, as amended by Stat. 1941, Chap.
373, § 18 (Zoning Law); Stat. 1948, Chap. 165; Ord. 1954, Chap. 2,
§21.]

OFFICIALS

Samuel J. Tomasello, Chairman
Merton p. Ellis, Secretary

THE BOARD



Members



Nominated by



Term ending



Samuel J. Tomasello . .

James J. Boyle

George W. Judkins



Merton P. EUis.



John J. Grigalus.



fBoston Society of Architects

(Boston Society of Civil Engineers .



Building Trades Council of Boston and Vicinity .

/Greater Boston Real Estate Board

\ Massachusetts Real Estate Association



Master Builders Association of Boston

Building Trades Employers' Association of
the City of Boston

Associated General Contractors of Massa-
chusetts, Inc



Mayor's selection.



May 1, 1968
May 1, 1964
May 1, 1965

May 1, 1966
May 1, 1967



The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor in the fol-
lowing manner: One member from two candidates, one to be nominated
by the Boston Real Estate Board and one by the Massachusetts Real
Estate Association; one member from two candidates, one nominated by
the Boston Society of Architects and one by the Boston Society of Civil
Engineers; one member from three candidates, one to be nominated by
the Master Builders' Association of Boston, one by the Building Trades
Employers' Association of the City of Boston, and one by the Associated
General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc.; one member from two candi-
dates nominated by the Building Trades Council of Boston and Vicinity;
and one member selected by the Mayor. The term of office is five years.
Each member is paid $25 per diem for actual service, but not more than
$3,500 in any one year for the aggregate services rendered by him under
building code and zoning law.



58 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

Any applicant for a permit from the Building Commissioner whose
application has been refused in re building law or in re zoning law may
appeal therefrom within ninety days, and a person who has been ordered
to incur expense may within thirty days after receiving such order (or
in the case of its being a hazardous condition in the opinion of the Build-
ing Commissioner within a shorter period as the Building Commissioner
designates) appeal to the Board of Appeal bv giving notice in writing to
the commissioner. All cases of appeal are settled by the Board after a
hearing, and a decision rendered on same open for public inspection.

Board of Examiners
Office, 703 City Hall Annex, seventh floor
[Stat. 1912, Chap. 713; Ord. 1912, Chap. 9; Rev. Ord. 1914, Chap. 8;
Ord. 1920, Chap. 10; Ord. 1925, Chap. 5; Stat. 1938, Chap. 479 as
amended by Ord. 1943; Stat. 1945, Chap. 626; Stat. 1952, Chap. 212;
Ord. 1952, Chap. 6; Ord. 1954, Chap. 2, § 22.]

OFFICIALS

John Guarino, Chairman

Edwina S. Carty, Permanent Secretary

THE BOARD

Carmen Jiustino Term expiring May 1, 1964

Falk Nathan Term expiring May 1, 1962

John Guarino Term expiring May 1, 1963

The Board of Examiners, as an adjunct of the Building Department,
was estabhshed in 1912. It consists of three members appointed by the
Mayor, the duty of said members being to act upon the qualifications of
persons desiring to be registered as construction superintendents in the
City of Boston. Under the law the personnel of the Board includes an
architect or engineer, a contractor, and a lawyer. Compensation for serv-
ice by said members is established at fifteen dollars a day, the yearly
salary not to exceed fifteen hundred dollars.

Applicants qualifying for registration pay an initial fee of ten dollars,
three dollars for annual renewal.

Board of Examiners of Gasfitters
Office, 901 City Hall Annex, ninth floor
Stat. 1897, Chap. 265; Stat. 1924, Chap. 63; Ord. 1954, Chap. 2, § 24;
Stat. 1960, Chap. 737; Stat. 1962, Chap. 623.]

the board
Robert E. York, Building Commissioner, ex officio. Chairman
John T. Foley, M.D., Temporary Health Commissioner, ex officio
George Robbins (term ending May 1, 1962)
The appointive member is appointed by the Mayor for a term of one
year and he shall be a licensed master gasfitter who shall have been con-
tinuously engaged in business as a master gasfitter during the five years
next preceding his appointment.



BUILDING DEPARTMENT



59



Stat. 1960, Chap, 737, Sec. 4, repealed the provisions of Stat. 479,
Acts 1938 as amended, with respect to the examination and licensing of
journeymen and master gas fitters. Under the same statute, the Gas
Regulatory Board was empowered to make state-wide gasfitting regula-
tions. On and after January 1, 1963, by the provisions of Stat. 1962,
Chap. 623, licenses for journeymen and master gas fitters shall be issued
by the Gas Regulatory Board.

Committee on Licenses

Office, 901 City Hall Annex

[Ord. 1954, Chap. 2, §25; Stat. 1959, Chap. 203, § 2; Ord. 1961, Chap. 9, § 11.]

COMMITTEE

Robert E. York, Building Commissioner, ex officio
Thomas F. Carty, Traffic and Parking Commissioner, ex officio
Thomas J. Griffin, Fire Commissioner, ex officio
Frank J. Cotjghlin, Secretary

The Committee on Licenses is in the Building Department. This com-
mittee shall have the powers and perform the duties conferred or imposed
on the board of street commissioners by Chapter 148 of the General
Laws, as amended, by Chapter 577 of the Acts of 1913, as amended, by
Chapter 488 of the Acts of 1924, as amended, and by Chapter 349 of the
Acts of 1953, as amended.

Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

Office, 901 City Hall Annex

[Stat. 1955, Chap. 616; Stat. 1958, Chaps. 314, 315.]

OFFICIALS

John Codman, Chairman
Robert E. Minot, Vice Chairman
Frank J. Coughlin, Secretary

THE commission



Members



Nominated by



Term ending



Robert E. Minot

John Codman

Carmen DiStefano . . . .
Harriet Ropes Cabot. .

Dorothy W. Bisbee . . .



Beacon HUl Civic Association, Inc

Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Boston Society of Architects

Society for the Preservation of New England
Antiquities

Mayor's Selection



May 1, 1961
May 1, 1967
May 1, 1963

May 1, 1964
May 1, 1965



60 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

The Beacon Hill Architectural Commission was formed for the purpose
of promoting the "educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of
the pubUc through the preservation of the historic Beacon Hill District
and to maintain said district as a landmark in the history of architecture
and as a tangible reminder of Old Boston as it existed in the early days of
the Commonwealth".

The District, as defined in the Act comprises the area bounded as
follows: — southerly by the northerly side line of Beacon street; westerly
by a line parallel with, and one hundred and fifty feet distant westerly
from, the westerly side fine of Beaver street; northerly by Beaver place;
easterly by Brimmer street; northerly again by BjTon street; westerly
again by a line parallel with, and eighty feet distant westerly from, the
westerly side line of Charles street; northerly again by the southerly side
line of Revere street; easterly again by the westerly side Une of Myrtle
street; northerly again by the southerly side Une of Myrtle street; and
easterly again by the westerly side line of Hancock street and said side
line extended southerly to Beacon street; excluding, however, from said
area land of the commonwealth and the estates numbered twenty-six to
eighty-eight, inclusive, and ninety-eight to one hundred and thirty-six,
inclusive, on Myrtle street.

Under the provisions of Stat. 1958, Chap. 315, the following addition
was made to the Historic District. The area bounded as follows: southerly
by Byron street; westerly by Brimmer street; southerly again by Beaver
place; westerly again by Embankment road; northerly by Pinckney street;
and easterly by a line parallel with, and eighty feet distant westerly from,
the westerly line of Charles street.

It is the function of the Commission to regulate and control all con-
struction, reconstruction and alteration to buildings and structures within
the District in which exterior architectural features are involved. Under
the terms of the Act, an "Exterior Architectural Feature" is the "archi-
tectural style and general arrangement of such portion of the exterior of a
structure as is designed to be open to view from a public way, including
kind, color and texture of the building materials of such portion and type
of all windows, doors, lights, signs and other fixtures appurtenant to such
portion".

The members of the Commission are appointed by the Mayor as follows :
— one from two candidates nominated by the Beacon Hill Civic Associ-
ation, Inc., one from two candidates nominated by the Boston Real Estate
Board, one from two candidates nominated by The Boston Society of
Architects, one from two candidates nominated by the Society for the
Preservation of New England Antiquities, and one member selected at
large by the Mayor. As the term of any member expires his successor
shall be appointed by the Mayor for a term of five years. The members
shall serve without compensation.



BUILDING DEPARTMENT



61



Board of Zoning Adjustment
OflBce, 1109 City Hall Annex, eleventh floor
[Stat. 1924, Chap. 488, Section 20; Stat. 1925, Chap.'^219; Stat. 1926,
Chap. 350; Stat. 1927, Chap. 220; Stat. 1928, Chaps. 70, 137; Stat.
1929, Chap. 88; Stat. 1930, Chap. 347; Stat. 1931, Chaps. 16, 180;
Stat. 1932, Chap. 143; Stat. 1933, Chap. 204; Stat. 1934, Chap. 210;
Stat. 1936, Chap. 240; Stat. 1941, Chap. 373, Stat. 1946, Chap. 198;
Stat. 1948, Chaps. 165, 203, 214; Chap. 537, 1949; Chap. 328, 1950;
Stat. 1952, Chap. 109; Stat. 1952, Chap. 143; Stat. 1953, Chap. 411;
Ord. 1954, Chap. 2, §§ 27, 28; Stat. 19.59, Chap. 193; Stat. 1960,
Chap. 652; Rev. Ords. 1961, Chap. 9, § 9.]

OFFICIALS

Albert V. Colman, Chairman
Samuel S. Eisenberg, Vice Chairman
Mart T. Downey, Secretary
Thomas E. McCormick, Engineer
John E. Cassidy, Jr., Assistant Engineer
THE board



Members



Nominated by



Term ending



James A. Broyer. . . .

Samuel S. Eisenberg. ,

F. Paul Morgan

Elliot Henderson ...

Albert V. Colman

Philip M. Horan

Robert T.' Fowler,' Jr
Theodore W. Paul . .
Charles Spillane ....



Mayor's Appointment See Stat. 1960, Chap

652, Sec. 12

United Improvement Association

f Boston Society of Architects

\Boston Society of Landscape Architects ....

Massachusetts Real Estate Association

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Mayor's Selection

Master Builders' Association of Boston

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Massachusetts Motor Truck Association, Inc. .

Boston Central Labor Union

Boston Society of Civil Engineers



At pleasure

of Mayor

May 1, 1958



May 1

May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1
May 1



1960

1960
1961
1961
1961
1962
1962
1963
1964
1964



Alternate Members*



Nominated by



Term ending



Francis D. Harrigan.

Douglas B. Footit . .

Thomas M. Horan. .

Arthur J. Kelly

William A. MacLeod

Leo J. Glennon

C. Clark Macomber.

John Codman

Allan J. Wilson

John J. Cotter



United Improvement Association

f Boston Society of Architects \

(Boston Society of Landscape Architects /

Massachusetts Real Estate Association

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Master Builders' Association of Boston

Mayor's Selection

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Massachusetts Motor Truck Association, Inc

Boston Society of Civil Engineers

Boston Central Labor Union



1958

1960

1960
1961
1961
1961
1962
1962
1963
1964
1964



* Alternate members as provided in Chap. 109, Acts of 1952.



62 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

The Board consists of one member appointed by the Mayor to serve at
his pleasure and eleven other members, and eleven alternates, appointed by
the Mayor, as follows : — one member from two candidates, and one
alternate from two other candidates, nominated by the Associated In-
dustries of Massachusetts, one member from two candidates, and one
alternate from two other candidates, nominated by the Boston Central
Labor Union, one member from two candidates, and one alternate from
two other candidates, nominated by the Boston Chamber of Commerce,
one member from two candidates, and one alternate from two other
candidates, nominated by the Boston Real Estate Board, one member from
two candidates, and one alternate from two other candidates, nominated,
both in the case of the member and in the case of the alternate, one by
The Boston Society of Architects and one by the Boston Society of Land-
scape Architects, one member from two candidates, and one alternate
from two other candidates, nominated by the Boston Society of Civil
Engineers, one member from two candidates, and one alternate from two
other candidates, nominated by the Massachusetts Motor Truck Associ-
ation, Inc., one member from two candidates, and one alternate from two
other candidates, nominated by the Massachusetts Real Estate Asso-
ciation, one member from two candidates, and one alternate from two
other candidates, nominated by the Master Builders' Association of
Boston, one member from two candidates, and one alternate from two
other candidates, nominated by the United Improvement Association,
and one member, and one alternate, selected at large by the Mayor. All
appointive members, and all alternates, shall be residents of or engaged
in business in Boston. The term of office is five years.

The members of the Board serve without compensation. Any petition
for changing the zoning map must be accompanied by a fee of thirty-
five dollars before being considered by the Board.

Either upon petition or otherwise, the Board may, by a decision of not
less than four fifths of its members, rendered after a public hearing follow-
ing advertisement and due notice to the owners of all property deemed by
the Board to be affected, change the boundaries of districts by changing
the zoning map on file at the state secretary's office, to meet altered needs
of a locality, to avoid undue concentration of population, to provide ade-
quate fight and air, to lessen congestion in streets, to secure safety from
fire, panic and other dangers, to facilitate the adequate provision of trans-
portation, water, sewerage, and other public requirements and to promote
the health, safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of the City
of Boston.

No decision of the Board of Appeal permitting the erection or altera-
tion of a building to an extreme height greater than that otherwise author-
ized under the provisions of the zoning law for the lot or building in ques-
tion is effective until and unless confirmed by the decision of not less than
two thirds of the members of the Board of Zoning Adjustment.

If a change in the boundaries of districts is favorably decided upon or if
a decision of the Board of Appeal is confirmed, any person aggrieved or
any municipal officer or Board, may within fifteen days after the entry
of such decision, appeal to the Superior Court sitting in equity, for the
County of Suffolk.



BUILDING DEPARTMENT



63



Zoning Commission
1108 City Hall Annex, Boston

[Stat, 1956, Chap. 665; Stat. 1957, Chap. 408; Stat. 1958, Chap. 77;
Stat. 1960, Chap. 652; Rev. Ords. 1961, Chap. 9, § 10.]

OFFICIALS

Albert V. Colman, Chairman

Vice Chairman
Mary T. Downey, Secretary
Thomas E. McCormick, Engineer



Members



Nominated by



Term ending




Alfred Gross

Theodore W. Paul . . .
Timothy J. Regan, Jr

Antonino F. lovino . .
Nathaniel J. Young. .

Stanley Under hill. . , .

Albert V. Colman

Robert T. Fowler....
Charles F. Spillane. . .
David F. Supple



Master Builders' Association of Boston

Massachusetts Motor Truck Association, Inc

Mayor's Selection

Boston Society of Civil Engineers

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

Mayor's Selection

/Boston Society of Architects

\ Boston Society of Landscape Architects . . . .

Mayor's Selection

Greater Boston Real Estate Board

Boston Central Labor Union

Associated Industries of Massachusetts



1962
1962
1962
1963
1963
1963

1963

1961
1961
1961
1961



The Commission consists of eleven commissioners appointed by the
Mayor subject to confirmation by the City Council as follows: one com-
missioner from two candidates nominated by the Associated Industries
of Massachusetts, one commissioner from two candidates nominated by
the Boston Central Labor Union, one commissioner from two candidates
nominated by the Boston Real Estate Board, one commissioner from two
candidates nominated one by The Boston Society of Architects and one
by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, one commissioner from
two candidates nominated by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, one
commissioner from two candidates nominated by the Greater Boston
Chamber of Commerce, one commissioner from two candidates nominated
by the Massachusetts Motor Truck Association, Inc., one commissioner
from two candidates nominated by the Master Builders' Association of
Boston, and three commissioners selected at large by the Mayor, one of
whom shall own alone or with one or more other persons, and shall occupy
in whole or in part as his place of residence, a dwelling house having not
more than three dwelling units. All zoning commissioners shall be residents
of Boston; provided that any person who on May 22, 1958, is a member
of the Board of Zoning Adjustment of said city may be a zoning commis-
sioner irrespective of his place of residence. The term of office is for three
years and the commissioners serve without compensation.



64 MUNICIPAL REGISTER

The commissioners may adopt a zoning regulation and from time to
time amend it upon petition or otherwise, by the concurrent vote of not
less than seven of its members, rendered after a public hearing following
advertisement.

A zoning regulation shall be designed among other purposes to lessen
congestion in the streets; to conserve health; to secure safety from fire,
panic and other dangers; to provide adequate light and air; to prevent
overcrowding of land; to avoid undue concentration of population, to fa-
cilitate the adequate provision of transportation, water, sewerage, schools,
parks and other public requirements; to conserve the value of land and
buildings; to encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the
city; and to preserve and increase its amenities.

Votes of the zoning commission adopting a zoning regulation or amend-
ment thereof shall be subject to the same provisions of law in respect to
approval by the mayor as orders or votes of the city council of the city,
except that the concurrent vote of not less than nine members of the
zoning commission shall be necessary to pass such a regulation or amend-
ment over the vote of the mayor.

If any zoning regulation or amendment thereof is favorably decided
upon, any person aggrieved or any municipal officer or board, may within
fifteen days after the entry of such decision, appeal to the Superior Court
sitting in equity, for the County of Suffolk.



CITY CLERK DEPARTMENT



Office, 22 City Hall, second floor
[Stat. 1821, Chap. 110, § 10; Stat. 1854, Chap. 448, § 30; Stat. 1885,
Chap. 266, § 2; Rev. Ord. 1898, Chap. 11; G. L., Chap. 41, § § 12-19;
C. C, Title IV., Chap. 8; Stat. 1909, Chap. 486, § 22; Rev. Ord.
1947, Chap. 10; Stat. 1951, Chap. 376, § 17B.]
Joseph M. Dunlea, City Clerk
Frbdekic J, O'DoNTsrsLL, Assistant City Clerk



The City Clerk is elected by the City Council for the term of three
years. He has the care and custody of the records of the City Council
and of all city records, documents, maps, plans and papers, except those
otherwise provided for. He also records financing statements, assignments
of wages, and other instruments, issues licenses and badges to minors when
so directed by the City Council, and performs other duties imposed by
statute.

The City Clerk and Assistant City Clerk are, respectively. Clerk and
Assistant Clerk of the City Council.

The Assistant City Clerk is appointed by the City Clerk, subject to the
approval of the Mayor. By Gen. Laws, Chap. 41, § 18, the certificate or
attestation of the Assistant City Clerk has equal effect with that of the
City Clerk.



CIVIL DEFENSE DEPARTMENT 65



GiyiL Defense DEPARTMENT



Office, 115 Southampton Street
[Stat. 1950, Chap. 639; Ord. 1950, Chap. 8; Stat. 1952, Chap. 269; Stat,
1953, Chap. 491.]

Chaeles W. Sweeney, Director.*

The functions of the department are set forth in Chapter 8 of the
Ordinances of 1950, which is as follows:

Section 1. Department of Civil Defense. There is hereby estab-
lished a department of civil defense (hereinafter called the "department")-
It shall be the function of the department to have charge of civil defense
as defined in Section 1, Chapter 639, Acts of 1950, and to perform civil
defense functions as authorized or directed by said chapter or by any and


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