Designations & Design Review

A designated Boston Landmark is a property, or a district comprised of multiple properties, with historic, social, cultural, architectural or aesthetic significance to the City and to the Commonwealth, the New England region, or the nation. It has been designated through a formal process and, once designated, proposed changes to Landmark properties require Boston Landmarks Commission design review and approval. Most Boston Landmarks are designated for exterior review only, meaning that review of proposed exterior changes to the building and property require the approval of the Boston Landmarks Commission. Landmark designation does not regulate use or occupancy

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Landmark Designation

The designation procedure is initiated by the submission of a petition, which is followed by a preliminary hearing before the Commission, the preparation of a study report on the proposed Landmark, and a public hearing.  To be designated, a property must receive a 2/3 majority vote from the Commission and be confirmed by the Mayor and by City Council.  When a property is designated a Landmark, it becomes subject to review by the Commission, and physical changes must be approved before they are undertaken.

For further information regarding the Boston Landmark designation process, including information regarding petitions, please contact BLC Executive Director, Rosanne Foley at rosanne.foley@boston.gov or at 617-635-3850.

Designation Information

2016 Filing Deadlines and Hearing Dates


FILING DEADLINEHEARING DATE
Tuesday December 29, 2015Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Tuesday, January 12 2016Tuesday, January 26
Tuesday, January 26Tuesday, February 9
Tuesday, February 9Tuesday, February 23
Tuesday, February 23Tuesday, March 8
Tuesday, March 8Tuesday, March 22
Tuesday, March 22Tuesday, April 12
Tuesday, April 12Tuesday, April 26
Tuesday, April 26Tuesday, May 10
Tuesday, May 10Tuesday, May 24
Tuesday, May 24Wednesday, June 14
Tuesday, June 14Tuesday, June 28
Tuesday, June 28Tuesday, July 12
Tuesday, July 12Tuesday, July 26
Tuesday, July 26Tuesday, August 9
Tuesday, August 9Tuesday, August 23
Tuesday, August 23Tuesday, September13
Tuesday, September 13Monday, September 27
Tuesday, September 27Tuesday, October 11
Tuesday, October 11Tuesday, October 25
Tuesday, October 25Wednesday, November 9**
Tuesday, November 8Tuesday, November 22
Tuesday, November 22Tuesday, December 13*

*Please note, there will be only one hearing in December.

**Note that the first hearing in November will be on Wednesday, November 9.

Download a pdf of hearing dates: 2016 Hearing Dates and Filing Deadlines REVISED

Design Review Process

Once a property is designated a Boston Landmark, all proposed exterior alterations must be reviewed and approved by the BLC before a building permit can be obtained. For most, but not all, designations, interior work is exempt from review. BLC Design Review hearings are held monthly. Applications, application instructions, and a schedule of filing deadlines and hearing dates are available below. To save time and costs, property owners and developers are encouraged to contact staff early on in the project planning process, in order to obtain information on compliance with guidelines.

  • Please note that Commission staff is not available to review applications for completeness immediately upon submittal.

  • Please review all instructions and documentation requirements carefully before submitting your application.

  • It is your responsibility to ensure the application is complete before submittal. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • Owing to public notice requirements established by statute; NO EXTENSIONS ARE PERMITTED.

Review and Application Information

Filings Dates and Hearing Deadlines

FILING DEADLINEHEARING DATE
Tuesday, January 13, 2015Tuesday, January 27

Tuesday, February 10

Tuesday, February 24
Tuesday, March 10Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, April 14Tuesday, April 28
Tuesday, May 12Tuesday, May 26
Tuesday, June 9Tuesday, June 30
Tuesday, July 14Tuesday, July 28
Tuesday, August 11Tuesday, August 25
Tuesday, September 8Monday, September 21**
Tuesday, October 13Tuesday, October 27
Tuesday, November 10Tuesday, November 24
Tuesday, Nobember 24Tuesday, December 8*

* The December hearing will be held on the second Tuesday, December 8.

** The September hearing will be head on Monday, September 21.

Download a pdf of hearing dates: 2015 Hearing Dates and Filing Deadlines REVISED

Announcements

  • BLC Agendas

    The Boston Landmarks Commission will hold a hearing on May 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the BRA Boardroom, Room 900, Boston City Hall. The agenda is posted below.

    BLC Agenda May 10 2016

Boston Landmarks Commission Agenda Archive

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