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

2015 Filing Deadlines and Hearing Dates


FILING DEADLINEHEARING DATE
Tuesday, December 30, 2014        Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Tuesday, January 13, 2015Tuesday, January 27, Faneuil Hall
Tuesday, January 27Tuesday, February 10
Tuesday, February 10Tuesday, February 24
Tuesday, February 24Tuesday, March 10
Tuesday, March 10Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 24Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, April 14Tuesday, April 28
Tuesday, April 28Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, May 12Tuesday, May 26
Tuesday, May 26Wednesday, June 9
Tuesday, June 9Tuesday, June 23
Tuesday, June 30Tuesday, July 14
Tuesday, July 14Tuesday, July 28
Tuesday, July 28Tuesday, August 11
Tuesday, August 11Tuesday, August 25
Tuesday, August 25Tuesday, September 8
Tuesday, September 8Tuesday, September 29
Tuesday, September 29Tuesday, October 13
Tuesday, October 13Tuesday, October 27
Tuesday, October 27Tuesday, November 10, Piemonte Room, Boston City Hall
Tuesday, November 10Tuesday, November 24
Tuesday, November 24Tuesday, December 8*

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

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

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 8Tuesday, September 29
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.

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

Announcements

  • BLC Agendas

    The Boston Landmarks Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 5:45 pm in Room 900 of Boston City Hall. The Design Review Hearing will begin at 3:45 pm.

    BLC Agenda July 28 2015

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