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Landmarks Commission

Within the Office of Historic Preservation, the Landmarks Commission (BLC) and historic district commissions recognize, preserve, and protect Boston culture and history. Local volunteers serve as commissioners.

All commissioners are nominated by neighborhood groups and professional organizations. They are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council. BLC staff support each commissions' work. Find specifics about commissioner appointments in the Landmarks Commission's enabling legislation, and in each study report

The Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) also includes the City Archaeology Program and the Commemoration Commission. OHP is part of the Environment, Energy, and Open Space Cabinet. Learn about how Landmarks works to protect Boston’s historic resources while promoting the environmental benefits of our existing historic buildings and open spaces.

You can now apply online!

Boston Landmarks Commission Online Portal

Use our online portal to:

  • Apply for Design Review
  • Apply for Article 85 (Demolition Delay)
  • Review past Demolition Delay applications
  • Report a violation
  • Submit a public comment
  • View translated applications
  • Portal troubleshooting
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