Historic District Commission

Member Address Term Expires
William Finch, Chair 50 Front Street April 1, 2020
Caroline Baird-Mason 583 Hale Street April 1, 2021
Wendy Pearl 21 Morningside Drive April 1, 2021
Suzanne Lamont, Vice Chair 20 Porter Street April 1, 2022

View our 2020 Historic District Commission Meeting Schedule here.

Please note that a site visit to 29 Ober Street is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, 2020, at 8:00 AM, to review the building with reference to the Demolition of Historic Buildings ordinance, Chapter 16B, Article II of the Beverly Code of Ordinances.  Please click here for additional information on the site visit.

Please note that the date of the December 2020 meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020, at 7:00 PM.

View the Historic District Commission Rules of Procedure here.

Historic Preservation Plan

We are almost done! After significant input and a public forum held on September 22, 2020, at 7:00 PM to review proposed Recommendations for Beverly’s historic preservation program (recording available through BevCam’s YouTube channel), final revisions are being made to the Plan, which the City anticipates will be completed in November 2020.

The survey is currently closed, after receiving an extraordinary 580+ responses! Please click here to access the introduction to the survey.

Not sure which neighborhood you live in?  Click here to access a map showing Beverly’s different neighborhoods.

Thank you for your interest in the plan! If you have any questions, please contact Assistant Planning Director Emily Hutchings at ehutchings@beverlyma.gov.

Beverly Powder House

Restoration: The City is excited to share that the Beverly Powder House restoration is now complete!  For an updated historic resource survey of the property, including photos of the restored structure, please click here.

To see construction drawings and a landscape plan, click here.  For the physical restoration process, the City of Beverly hired contractor Louis C. Allegrone, Inc., to complete the physical restoration. The restoration process was overseen by project architect Richard Smith and the City Historic District Commission, Planning Department, and Engineering Department. This restoration project has been funded by the Citizens of Beverly through the Community Preservation Act, a matching grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, a donation from Beverly Crossing, and a grant from the Essex National Heritage Commission.

National Register Listing: Beverly has a new property on the National Register of Historic Places! On August 15, 2019, the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, accepted the City’s nomination of the Beverly Powder House for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In September 2018, the City hired a historic preservation consultant to complete the National Register nomination for the Beverly Powder House. The nomination was completed and submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) in January 2019, and the MHC approved and forwarded the nomination to the National Park Service in June 2019. The National Register Nomination for the Beverly Powder House can be viewed here.

Historic Resource Survey Update

A historic resource survey update was recently completed, including the survey of three historic areas, two historic buildings, and two historic landscapes.  The Final Report for this project can be viewed here.

Please click here to access the surveys.  Please contact the Planning Department for additional information.

Meeting Agendas

HDC Agenda 11.18.20 / Stamped agenda

HDC Agenda 10.28.20 – Special Meeting

HDC Agenda 10.22.20

HDC Agenda 9.24.20

HDC Agenda 8.27.20

HDC Agenda 7.23.20

HDC Agenda 5.28.20

HDC Agenda 4.23.20

HDC Agenda 3.12.20

HDC Agenda 1.23.20

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Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and per Governor Baker’s emergency order regarding the submission and process of permit applications, the Planning Department and the respective boards and commissions overseen by the department – including the Historic District Commission – have established revised permit application procedures.

Please click here to download the revised procedures for submitting applications.

Application Instructions: Certificate of Appropriateness/Non-Applicability/Hardship

COA/CN-A/CH Application-Instructions

Application: Certificate of Appropriateness/Non-Applicability/Hardship


Application: Demolition of Building (50+ years old)


Application: Determination of Historic Significance (click here)


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Demolition Delay Ordinance


Frequently Asked Questions: Demolition Delay

Fish Flake Hill Local Historic District

Are you in the Fish Flake Hill Local Historic District? Below are links to maps of the local historic district and a list of street addresses within the district.

Map of Fish Flake Hill Local Historic District (updated graphics and street numbers)

Map of Fish Flake Hill Local Historic District (original)

Address list for Fish Flake Hill Local Historic District

Interested in the history of Fish Flake Hill?  Click here for an information sheet.

The Historic District Ordinance

Historic Districts

Frequently Asked Questions

HDC – Frequently Asked Questions

Historic District Commission Regulations

Historic District Commission Regulations

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