Design Review Board


  • 2nd Wednesday of the Month (subject to change)
  • 6:30 P.M.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room, Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., Andover, MA


Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are posted online and in the Town Clerk's office at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Minutes are available once approved by the DRB in an open meeting.
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Members are appointed by the Town Manager to serve 3 year terms in accordance with the Andover Zoning Bylaw, Article VIII, Section 9.6.1.


Pursuant to the Andover Zoning Bylaw (Article VIII, Section 9.6.3) , the purpose of the Design Review Board is to advise applicants for projects involving new construction, exterior alterations and signage larger than 4 square feet in the General Business and Mixed Use Districts, and to review all new municipal structures, including signage.

The DRB shall review all applications for building permits, special permits or variances for proposals located in the General Business (GB) and Mixed Use (MU) zoning districts if involving new construction, exterior alteration or a sign larger than four square feet, a new structure built by or for the use of the Town of Andover in any district.  In addition, the DRB shall review applications for outdoor dining in GB and MU districts, private property on Town sidewalks on or near Main Street, special permits for attached clusters, development projects in the Historic Mill District, and elderly housing.

At the discretion of the Planning Board, the DRB shall also review applications for special permits in the ID2 district as well as major non-residential projects in LS, OP, and IG districts. 

Per the Andover Zoning Bylaw, Article VIII, Section 5.2.4,  a sign permit is required unless specifically exempted or specifically provided for elsewhere in the Zoning Bylaw. DRB review is required under certain circumstances.

design guidelines for signs

Andover Zoning Bylaw, Section 5.2.15