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. View the Local Historic District Case Reports and click on the names of any of the LHDs to see a map of properties within their boundaries. 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
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.
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. *Please note that due to Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, the Preservation Commission will meet on Monday, April 8, 2019.
Meeting Dates 2019
(must be received before 12 PM)
|Tuesday, January 8||Tuesday, December 18|
|Tuesday, February 12||Tuesday, January 22|
|Tuesday, March 12||Tuesday, February 19|
|*Monday, April 8||*Monday, March 18|
|Tuesday, May 14||Tuesday, April 23|
|Tuesday, June 11||Tuesday, May 21|
|Tuesday, July 9||Tuesday, June 18|
|Tuesday, August 13||Tuesday, July 23|
|Tuesday, September 10||Tuesday, August 20|
|Tuesday, October 8||Tuesday, September 17|
|Tuesday, November 12||Tuesday, October 22|
|Tuesday, December 10||Tuesday, November 19|