Design Review Board

DRB 2020 Meetings and Deadlines

DRB 2021 Meetings and Deadlines

The Design Review Board consists of seven members: representatives from the Planning Department, the Planning Board, the Board of Appeals, the Historic District Commission, an architect, a landscape architect or graphic designer and a business person and/or property owner from the downtown. The Board meets the first Thursday evening of each month at City Hall and reviews proposals for signs throughout the City as well as projects going through Site Plan Review with the Planning Board. These projects range from new construction in the downtown, to renovations of existing commercial buildings, to projects along the waterfront. The Board focuses on design elements including: landscaping, building materials and colors, lighting and windows. Oftentimes, the Board’s recommendations are incorporated into the final plans and designs for a project.

Member Address Term Expires
Sandra Cook, Chair 23 Broadway December 31, 2022
Joel Margolis 1 Worthington Green December 31, 2022
Matthew Ulrich 16 James Street December 31, 2021
Rachel Poor 4 Balsam Drive December 1, 2020
Ellen Flannery 30 Conant Street December 1, 2020
Caroline Baird Mason 583 Hale Street December 1, 2021



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and per Governor Baker’s emergency order regarding the submission and process of permit applications, the Planning Department and the respective boards and commissions overseen by the department – including the Design Review Board – have established revised permit application procedures.

Please click here to download the revised procedures for submitting applications.  Please note that at present, 3 hard copies of applications are requested for DRB filing, rather than one hard copy.

Site Plan Review Application

Site Plan Review Application Instructions. Please review these instructions prior to completing your site plan review application.

WAIT! This Site Plan Review Application is not for signs.  For the updated sign application, please see further down this page.

Site Plan Review Application (updated May 2018)


Sign Application

Sign Application (updated May 2018)

If you have a business in Beverly, you may want a sign. In Beverly, signs that are visible from a public way require a sign permit. Please review the sign application (above) and the following documents for information on the process of getting a commercial sign in Beverly.

  1. Sign Permit Application Process.  All signs, unless explicitly stated in the Sign Ordinance, must be reviewed by the Design Review Board (DRB).  This is the first document you should review to understand the approval process for signs.
  2. Beverly Sign Ordinance.  In Beverly, the Sign Ordinance regulates the City’s signage, and establishes where signs can be placed and how large they are. Signs that comply with the Ordinance need (1) approval from the DRB, and (2) a sign permit from the Building Department. Signs that are not explicitly allowed by the Sign Ordinance require a Special Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions.
  4. Examples of Sign Applications. To assist business owners in developing sign applications, the Design Review Board has provided imagery from three separate sign applications that clearly demonstrate how signs will be developed and erected.  Please note that these images do not guarantee that the Design Review Board will approve similar signs; the imagery is solely intended to demonstrate applicants may clearly show what signs look like, the dimensions of signs, and how the signs will appear when placed in their permanent locations.
    1. Example Sign Application 1 – Taste Buds Kitchen
    2. Example Sign Application 2 – Art by Alyssa
    3. Example Sign Application 3 – Chive Events
  5. DRB 2020 Meeting Schedule and Deadlines. DRB 2021 Meeting Schedule and Deadlines. Please note that applicants must meet the corresponding application deadline for submissions if they want to attend a certain meeting.
  6. Sign Definitions.  There are multiple types of signs that a business can install.  This document describes different types of signs that are commonly used to advertise businesses.
  7. List of Sign Makers.  The City of Beverly does not recommend specific sign makers for projects.  However, the provided list includes local sign makers whose signs have been approved by the DRB in the recent past.

If you are opening or expanding a business in the downtown, please click here for details about Beverly Main Streets’ Facade and Sign Improvement Program, a program in partnership with the City to provide assistance to business and property owners looking to improve downtown storefronts.  Grants are available to help business owners create exemplary signs in accordance with Beverly’s Downtown Design Guidelines.  Please contact Gin Wallace at Beverly Main Streets or Emily Hutchings at the Beverly Planning Department for additional information.

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Meeting Agendas


December 3, 2020 DRB meeting Agenda

November 5, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda – Amended 10/30/20

      November 5, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda (old)

October 1, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

September 3, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

August 6, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

July 9, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

June 4, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

May 7, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

April 2, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

March 5, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

February 6, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

January 9, 2020 DRB Meeting Agenda

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Beverly Design Guidelines


Beverly-Design-Guidelines_reduced.pdf (5.5 MB)

Sign Ordinance

Sign Ordinance

Tall Buildings Guidelines

Tall-Buildings-Guidelines.pdf (71.7 MB)

The Design Review Process


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Sandwich Board Information


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