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. 

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.**

AddressDelay DatesDocuments
25 Cottage Street12/29/2020-06/29/2022Case Report
Hearing Recording
Letters to BPC
Letters to BPC
Letters to BPC
222 Warren Street12/29/2020- 06/29/2022Hearing Recording
Case Report
(for letters see 25 Cottage)
39 Cottage Street12/29/2020- 06/29.2022Hearing Recording
Case Report
17 Hart Street3/25/2021- 3/25/2022Initial Significance
Case Report
Letters to BPC
Hearing Recording
Passcode: DR4j8HQ^
93 Seaver Street2/10/2021- 8/10/2022Case Report
116 Thorndike Street2/10/2021- 02/10/2022Case Report
83 Longwood Ave01/12/2021- 01/12/2022Case Report
153 St Paul Street8/11/2020-8/11/2021Case Report
116 Colchester Street8/25/2020- 02/25/2022
295 Kent Street8/25/2022- 02/25/2022
219 Gardner Road9/08/2020- 09/08/2021
63-65 Green Street10/27/2020- 10/27/2021
224 Sargent Road3/25/2021- 9/25/2022Case Report
186 Warren Street3/25/2021- 9/25/2022
Case Report
98 Chestnut Street4/13/21- 4/13/22Initial Significance
Case Report
178 Mason Terrace4/13/21 - 4/13/22Case Report
314 Clark Road5/11/21 - 5/11/22Case Report

24 Auburn Street6/8/2021 - 6/8/2022Initial Significance
Case Report
Public Comment 
40 Kent Street6/8/2021 - 6/8/2022Initial Significance
Public Comment 1
Public Comment 2
Public Comment 3

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.