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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 617-635-3850.
2016 Filing Deadlines and Hearing Dates
|FILING DEADLINE||HEARING DATE|
|Tuesday December 29, 2015||Tuesday, January 12, 2016|
|Tuesday, January 12 2016||Tuesday, January 26|
|Tuesday, January 26||Tuesday, February 9|
|Tuesday, February 9||Tuesday, February 23|
|Tuesday, February 23||Tuesday, March 8|
|Tuesday, March 8||Tuesday, March 22|
|Tuesday, March 22||Tuesday, April 12|
|Tuesday, April 12||Tuesday, April 26|
|Tuesday, April 26||Tuesday, May 10|
|Tuesday, May 10||Tuesday, May 24|
|Tuesday, May 24||Wednesday, June 14|
|Tuesday, June 14||Tuesday, June 28|
|Tuesday, June 28||Tuesday, July 12|
|Tuesday, July 12||Tuesday, July 26|
|Tuesday, July 26||Tuesday, August 9|
|Tuesday, August 9||Tuesday, August 23|
|Tuesday, August 23||Tuesday, September13|
|Tuesday, September 13||Monday, September 27|
|Tuesday, September 27||Tuesday, October 11|
|Tuesday, October 11||Tuesday, October 25|
|Tuesday, October 25||Wednesday, November 9**|
|Tuesday, November 8||Tuesday, November 22|
|Tuesday, November 22||Tuesday, 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 DEADLINE||HEARING DATE|
|Tuesday, January 13, 2015||Tuesday, January 27|
Tuesday, February 10
|Tuesday, February 24|
|Tuesday, March 10||Tuesday, March 24|
|Tuesday, April 14||Tuesday, April 28|
|Tuesday, May 12||Tuesday, May 26|
|Tuesday, June 9||Tuesday, June 30|
|Tuesday, July 14||Tuesday, July 28|
|Tuesday, August 11||Tuesday, August 25|
|Tuesday, September 8||Monday, September 21**|
|Tuesday, October 13||Tuesday, October 27|
|Tuesday, November 10||Tuesday, November 24|
|Tuesday, Nobember 24||Tuesday, 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