In Drosophila, all of the major metamorphic transitions are regulated by changes in the titer of the steroid hormone ecdysone. Here we examine how a key regulator of metamorphosis and primary ecdysone response gene, the Broad-Complex, transmits the hormonal signal to one of its targets, the Sgs-4 glue gene. We show that Broad-Complex RNAs accumulate in mid third instar larval salivary glands prior to Sgs-4 induction, as expected for the products of a gene that regulates the timing of Sgs-4 activation. The Broad-Complex codes for a family of zinc finger transcriptional regulators. We have identified a number of binding sites for these proteins in sequences known to regulate the timing of Sgs-4 induction, and have used these sites to derive a binding consensus for each protein. Some of these binding sites are required in vivo for Sgs-4 activity. In addition, rbp+, a genetically defined Broad-Complex function that is required for Sgs-4 induction, acts through these Broad-Complex binding sites. Thus, the Broad-Complex directly mediates a temporal and tissue-specific response to ecdysone as larvae become committed to metamorphosis.