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.
At their September 26, 2023 meeting, upon the recommendation of the Worcester Historical Commission, the Worcester City Council voted unanimously to ordain the Elm Park Neighborhood Local Historic District. The vote followed a two-and-a-half year long study of the area as prescribed by MGL Chapter 40C, which included historical research, photography and an open dialog with neighborhood residents, property owners and the public at large.
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:
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 December 21st, 2023
BDDW-23-41 - 18 HAYNES STREET
COA-23-21 - 16 CONGRESS STREET
COA-23-24 - 26 NEWBURY STREET
COA-23-25 - 42 SOMERSET STREET
COA-23-26 - 9 ASHLAND STREET
COA-23-27 - 54 WEST STREET
COA-23-28 - 60 WILLIAM STREET
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.
*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.
Online permitting is available for building, electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical and housing/health permits from Inspectional Services, as well as the sale of tobacco products and select DPW&P Engineering and Water Operations permits.