Demolition Review

The town’s Preservation Commission and Preservation Planners review full and partial demolition of all buildings in Brookline. If a building is deemed to have historic merit, the Preservation Commission may impose a stay of demolition for 12 months, or 18 months for properties listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The demolition delay period allows the town and the owner to discuss alternatives to demolition of the building.

Please check that Massachusetts Historical Commission’s online database, MACRIS, or contact preservation staff to determine if a property is listed on or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Application Process

Demolition applications are accepted via email & regular mail.  Applications must include a completed demolition application (PDF), photos of all sides of the building & payment.  Please complete an application for each structure proposed for demolition.  

All full demolitions require an application.  To determine whether an exterior renovation or addition triggers review for partial demolition, please contact Preservation Planners.  For further information on what changes constitute partial demolition please see the diagrams that illustrate common situations in partial demolition cases. 

Beyond the Delay

How are buildings protected?

Once the demolition delay of 12 or 18 months has expired, a property owner is free to demolish or alter their building as they choose.  During the delay period, Preservation Planners invite property owners to consider working with the Commission to investigate alternatives to demolition.  Owners may request a "Lift of Stay" before the delay period expires, based on plans to preserve the building.  The Commission then undertakes design review, ensuring that the submitted plans adequately protect the historic resource.  Once the Commission votes to lift the stay, the Building Department may issue a permit based on the approved plans.

In some cases, the surrounding neighborhood desires more permanent protection for their own homes as well as the property under Demolition Delay.  Many Local Historic Districts in Brookline have been started in response to a demolition or threat of demolition.  To learn more about this process, please see the Local Historic Districts page.

Current Full Demolition Delays 

**List includes cases from FY21 forward, for information on cases not listed below please contact Preservation Planners.  Demolition case reports are also available on the Town Calendar.  Please see the new Full Demolition Delays page for delays imposed in 2022 forward.  We appreciate your patience as we transfer the list below to this new page for ease of access **

Delay DatesDocuments
25 Cottage Street
12/29/2020-06/29/2022Case Report
Hearing Recording
Letters to BPC
Letters to BPC
Letters to BPC
222 Warren Street
12/29/2020- 06/29/2022Hearing Recording
Case Report
(for letters see 25 Cottage)
39 Cottage Street
12/29/2020- 06/29.2022Hearing Recording
Case Report
17 Hart Street
3/25/2021- 3/25/2022Initial Significance
Case Report
Letters to BPC
Hearing Recording
Passcode: DR4j8HQ^
93 Seaver Street
2/10/2021- 8/10/2022Case Report
116 Thorndike Street
2/10/2021- 02/10/2022Case Report
83 Longwood Ave
01/12/2021- 01/12/2022Case Report
153 St Paul Street
8/11/2020-8/11/2021Case Report
116 Colchester Street
8/25/2020- 02/25/2022
295 Kent Street
8/25/2022- 02/25/2022
219 Gardner Road
9/08/2020- 09/08/2021
63-65 Green Street
10/27/2020- 10/27/2021
224 Sargent Road
3/25/2021- 9/25/2022
Lift granted 6/24/2021, see mitigation documentation
Case Report
3-D Walk Through
Mitigation Photos
186 Warren Street
3/25/2021- 9/25/2022
Lift granted 6/24/2021, see mitigation documentation 
Case Report
3-D Walk Through
mitigation photos
98 Chestnut Street
4/13/21- 4/13/22Initial Significance
Case Report
178 Mason Terrace
4/13/21 - 4/13/22Case Report
314 Clark Road
5/11/21 - 5/11/22Case Report

24 Auburn Street
6/8/2021 - 6/8/2022Initial Significance
Case Report
Public Comment 
40 Kent Street
6/8/2021 - 6/8/2022Initial Significance
Public Comment 1
Public Comment 2
Public Comment 3
Case Report
41 Codman Road
7/21/2021- 7/21/2021Case Report
92 Sewall Avenue
9/29/2021- 9/29/2022Initial Significance
Case Report
Public Comment Letters
135 Saint Paul Street
10/12/2021- 10/12/2022Initial Significance
Demo Report
77 Thorndike Street

85 Naples Road
11/09/2021-11/09/2022Case Report
55 Green Street
11/09/2021-11/09/2022Case Report
12 Griggs Terrace
11/09/21- 05/09/2023
71 Greenough Street
116 Columbia Street
12/14/2021- 5/09/2023