Search Site
Somerville Top Banner
Home Departments Residents Businesses Government


Alex Bob, Program Coordinator - Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative

City Hall Annex
50 Evergreen Avenue
Somerville, MA 02145

View location on Google Maps

Phone: 617-625-6600 ext. 2575

Operating Hours:
Monday - Wednesday 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Thursday 8:30 A.M. - 7:30 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Condominium Review Board

Updated Information: The City of Somerville is updating Condominium Review Board permit application requirements, as part of a general review of its application review process. Changes being introduced at this time include filing the following two additional documents with the permit application:

1.) A condominium master deed for the property. The master deed does not have to be filed with the Registry of Deeds before it is submitted with the permit application but should be in final form, ready for filing with the Registry of Deeds.

2.) A report of an independent, licensed engineer or architect describing the present condition of all structural components and major mechanical systems of the building and also including the approximate dates of construction, installation, major repairs and the expected useful life of each such item.
** Please find an example of what a report might look like here

Applicants/owners must provide these two documents in addition to a completed permit application; Certificate of Good Standing; Final Water Bill; and a certified check, money order, or a check on an attorney’s IOLTA account made payable to the City of Somerville to cover the filing of $500 per unit in order to complete all permit application requirements.

Please note that, unlike all other required documents, master deed and engineer/architect report submission are not required prior to the Condominium Review Board meeting. If not included with application submitted prior to Condominium Review Board meeting, granting of a removal permit will be conditioned on submission of the required documents.

condominiumThe Condominium Review Board is comprised of five members (two home owners, two tenants and one elderly, handicapped or low or moderate income Somerville resident) chosen by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Aldermen.

The Board has the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of Ordinance 1985-9, which pertains to condominium conversion and the removal of rental units from the market. The Board is responsible for carrying out the provisions of the Ordinance and it promulgates policies, rules and regulations as may be necessary.

The Board is responsible for conducting hearings and for surveying and updating information concerning rental units in the City.

The Ordinance requires the issuance of Removal Permits for the conversion of rental units to condominiums and for the sale of a condominium unit, which has most recently been a rental unit. If the unit being converted to condominium use has never been rented a Certificate of Exemption is issued stating that the unit is exempt from the provisions of Ordinance 1985-9.

Please find applications for Condominium Conversion, Certificate of Good Standing forms, and the Somerville Condominium Conversion Ordinance below:

The Condominium Review Board meets each month on the last or second to last Monday of the month at 5:30pm. Complete applications and other required documents must be filed by the Wednesday before each meeting in order to be reviewed by the Condominium Review Board at the meeting. Please submit complete applications to the OSPCD Housing Division at 50 Evergreen Ave. Somerville, MA 02145.

Below is a list of the 2016 meeting dates and application due dates:

Meeting Date

Application due date

Monday, January 25, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Monday, August 29, 2016

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Monday, September 26, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monday, November 21, 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Unit Calendar

Unit Agendas and Minutes

Unit Forms