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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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.
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 June 1st, 2023
Pending Applications & Meeting Materials
BDDW-23-11 - 100 CHANDLER STREET
BDDW-23-13 - 88 WEBSTER STREET
Please view the Historical Commission's Local Historic Districts Rules & Regulations.
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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.
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City Hall Room 404
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
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