Local Historic Districts

There are 8 Local Historic Districts in Brookline: Chestnut Hill North, Cottage Farm, Crowninshield, Graffam-McKay, Harvard Avenue, Lawrence, Pill Hill, and Wild-Sargent. Most modifications to the exterior of buildings in these LHDs require review by the Town to ensure that they are appropriate to the historic character of the LHD. You can also find detailed information about each LHD at the links below.

Chestnut Hill North Local Historic District

Cottage Farm Local Historic District

Graffam-McKay Local Historic District

Harvard Avenue Local Historic District

Lawrence Local Historic District

Pill Hill Local Historic District

Wild-Sargent Local Historic District

Crowninshield Local Historic District

Design Review Process

The design review process begins only when an application (PDF) for a Certificate of Appropriateness, a Certificate of Non-Applicability, or a Certificate of Hardship, accompanied by plans, elevations, and specifications, as may be relevant to the case, is submitted to the Preservation Commission office. Consultation with Preservation Commission staff before submitting an application in encouraged to provide familiarity with your property and give advice on appropriate approaches. A preliminary site visit or meeting may be requested by staff. Please contact staff if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

Design Guidelines

For more information about Brookline's 8 Local Historic Districts, design review principles, and the review process, as well as maps and frequently asked questions, please refer to the Design Guidelines (PDF) for Local Historic Districts.

 Meeting Dates and Application Filing Deadlines
The Preservation Commission typically meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Application deadlines are exactly three weeks before the meeting. Please note that only complete applications will be placed on an agenda. 

Preservation Commission
 Meeting Dates 2020
Application Deadline
 (must be received before 12 PM)
Tuesday, January 14Tuesday, December 24
Tuesday, February 11Tuesday, January 21
Tuesday, March 10Tuesday, February 18
Tuesday, April 14Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, May 12Tuesday, April 21
Tuesday, June 9Tuesday, May 19
Tuesday, July 14Tuesday, June 23
Tuesday, August 11Tuesday, July 21
Tuesday, September 8Tuesday, August 18
Tuesday, October 13Tuesday, September 22
Tuesday, November 10Tuesday, October 20
Tuesday, December 8Tuesday, November 17