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Historical Commission

Please note that the process for submitting applications to the Historical Commission has changed! We are now using our online partner OpenGov. Please see application section below for links to applications.

The Historical Commission preserves, promotes and develops the historic assets of the city. The Commission reviews alterations proposed to properties that are located in local historic districts and administers the city’s Building Demolition Delay Ordinance.

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Elm Park LHD Study

The Worcester Historical Commission, under MGL Chapter 40C, has voted to study the possible creation of a Local Historic District (LHD) in the Elm Park Neighborhood. This area includes the Worcester campus of Becker College and neighboring residential and commercial areas located next to and east of Elm Park. This neighborhood includes many varied examples of mid-nineteenth and early-twentieth century residential architecture. The study is a formal process to gather information on the properties within the area under consideration, engage in dialog with neighborhood residents, property owners and the public at large and plan a recommendation on the formation of a new district.

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Preservation Awards

The Worcester Historical Commission, in partnership with Preservation Worcester, has established an annual awards program to recognize outstanding restoration, renovation and development projects that foster historic preservation in the City. Awards will be considered in a variety of categories:

  • Residential Rehabilitation - Recognizes excellence in the sensitive preservation or rehabilitation of a privately owned, single-family residence that is owner occupied.
  • Commercial Rehabilitation - Recognizes excellence in the preservation or rehabilitation of a commercial building while retaining its historic integrity and character. This category includes adaptive reuse.
  • Stewardship - Recognizes an individual or organization that has demonstrated consistent and considerate maintenance of a property, and has shown commitment to its preservation.
  • Compatible Construction – Recognizes new construction that is visually compatible in mass, scale and style with historic buildings in the immediate vicinity, and contributes to the preservation of a neighborhood.
  • Merit Award - Recognizes preservation work involving other types of structures, such as bridges, monuments, fences, etc., as well as scholarly and educational contributions to the field of historic preservation.

Past Winners

Meetings

Meet twice monthly on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.

Please review the Meeting Schedule for meeting dates and application deadlines.

Date/Time of Next Meeting: Thursday September 29th, 2022

Applications

Please view the Historical Commission's Local Historic Districts Rules & Regulations.

For information on all city permits, licenses and fees, visit Permit/License Center.

We encourage you to submit your application ONLINE through our portal links below! Please complete all required fields, electronically sign and upload the appropriate documents.

Before you can submit an application you must create an account. Please see Signing Up, Creating a Profile & Accessing Your Information.

Building Demolition Delay Waiver • Apply Now!

Application Requirements:

  • Certified Abutters List.
  • Clear, color photos showing current conditions of the overall property and detailed photos showing areas of proposed work.

Resources

Certificate of Non-Applicability • Apply Now!

Application Requirements:

  • Clear, color photos showing current conditions of the overall property and detailed photos showing areas of proposed work.

Certificate of Appropriateness & Building Demolition Delay Waiver • Apply Now!

Application Requirements:

  • Certified Abutters List.
  • Clear, color photos showing current conditions of the overall property and detailed photos showing areas of proposed work.
  • If you feel that you may qualify for a waiver due to extenuating financial circumstances, please attach a supplemental Undue Financial Hardship Application to your Building Demolition Delay Waiver Application. This supplement can be found in the Resources section below.

Resources


*Please note: For anyone that does not have access to a computer or needs assistance, call our office at 508-799-1400 and we will be happy to assist.

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Contact Information

Planning & Regulatory Services
City Hall Room 404
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-1400
Fax: 508-799-1406
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