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
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.
As of January 1, 2020 you can apply online for properties located within a local historic district using the link: https://aca3.accela.com/Brookline/Default.aspx- for guidance please follow the instructions for applying online.
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.
Meeting Dates 2020
(must be received before 12 PM)
|Tuesday, January 14||Tuesday, December 24|
|Tuesday, February 11||Tuesday, January 21|
|Tuesday, March 10||Tuesday, February 18|
|Tuesday, April 14||Tuesday, March 24|
|Tuesday, May 12||Tuesday, April 21|
|Tuesday, June 9||Tuesday, May 19|
|Tuesday, July 14||Tuesday, June 23|
|Tuesday, August 11||Tuesday, July 21|
|Tuesday, September 8||Tuesday, August 18|
|Tuesday, October 13||Tuesday, September 22|
|Tuesday, November 10||Tuesday, October 20|
|Tuesday, December 8||Tuesday, November 17|