Historic Commission Permitting Guide
70 Tapley Street
Scott Hanson, Principal Planner
8:15 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
1st and 3rd Thursday’s at 6:30 p.m., 36 Court Street, City Hall, Room 220
Ralph Slate, Chair
Ben Murphy (Alternate)
Description of Commission:
The Springfield Historical Commission is a seven-member board established on November 20, 1972 by a vote of the Springfield Board of Alderman/City Council.
The Commission's most important goal is the preservation of Springfield's six local historic places. The purpose of the Springfield Historical Commission is to work toward this goal by planning for and implementing programs for the identification, evaluation and protection of its community's historic resources.
The Historical Commission reviews all exterior work for properties located within a local historic district. Review and approval of all work must be completed before building permits will be issued.
Process for Obtaining Permit(s):
Contact Commission staff for appropriate application and materials.
Time Frame for Public Hearing:
A 14-day public notice is required for all public hearings.
Time Frame for Decision:
Decisions must be made within 60-day of receipt of completed application.
Within 20 days after decision is filed with the City Clerk, file appeal in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40C , Section 12.A.
Applicable Local, State, Federal Statutes
MGL Chapter 40C, Section 11
Relevant State and Federal Permits
National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Review requires that certain federally assisted, permitted and licensed activities that might have an adverse effect on properties listed with, or eligible for listing with, the National Register of Historic Places be reviewed concerning that effect and its consequences; Section 106 review is accomplished by submitting a Project Notification Form to the Historical Commission.
Massachusetts Historical Commission Approval must be obtained if a designated historical or archeological landmark will be altered or effected by a project undertaken by a state agency or any private party seeking any state funding, permits or licenses for the project.