Design Review Board

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and until further notice, all Town offices are closed to the public. Please contact us by email ( or by phone 781.455.7550 ext. 222 (leave a voice mail), and your message will be returned as soon as possible during business hours. The Design Review Board has been conducting their meetings via Zoom since June.   It is recommended that applicants contact our office at least two weeks in advance of a DRB meeting.

No in-person meetings will take place at the Public Services Administration Building in the Charles River Room, Needham, MA as had been previously.

To listen, view and participate in virtual meetings, please refer to the posted agenda on the Town Calendar for virtual platform details.  Members of the public can join via phone, computer, laptop, or tablet.

  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Usually First and third Monday of each month
  • Public Service Administration Building
    500 Dedham Ave.
    Needham, MA 02492
Schedule Date Room
June 15, 2020 Via Zoom
July 13, 2020 * Via Zoom
July 27, 2020 * Via Zoom
August 10, 2020 * Via Zoom
 August 24, 2020 Via Zoom
September 14, 2020 Via Zoom
October 5, 2020 Via Zoom
October 19, 2020 Via Zoom
November 2, 2020   Via Zoom
November 16, 2020 Via Zoom
December 7, 2020 Via Zoom
December 21, 2020 Via Zoom

* please note date change


The Design Review Board consists of five regular members and two alternate members. 
  • Three regular members are appointed by the Planning Board:
    • One member qualified in the art or design profession
    • One member to be qualified in fine arts or landscape design
  • Two regular members and two alternate members are appointed by the Select Board:
    • One member qualified in the art or design profession
    • One member who is doing retail business in the town
  • Appointments are for three year terms
  • Mark Gluesing, Chair
  • Deborah Robinson, Vice-Chair                
  • Robert Dermody 
  • Nelson Hammer
  • Len Karan
  • Chad Reilly
  • Stephen Tanner

General Purpose

The Design Review Board shall review permit applications for all new structures and outdoor uses, exterior additions, exterior alterations, and exterior changes in all areas as specified in of the zoning by-laws, and shall also review requests for all sign permits, as required under Article XIX of the Needham general by-laws.

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