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How to file for Article 85 demolition delay

How to file for Article 85 demolition delay

Anyone who wants to demolish a building in Boston at least 50 years of age or located in certain areas of the City must submit an Article 85 application. You have two options:

Last updated: 7/13/16
Step
1

Before you get started in person

About article 85 demolition delay

The Boston Zoning Code was amended in 1995 to include a demolition delay policy called Article 85. The article provides a predictable process for reviewing requests to demolish buildings by:

  • Establishing an appropriate waiting period during which the City and the applicant can propose and consider alternatives to the demolition of a building of historical, architectural, cultural or urban design value to the City;
  • Providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the issues regarding the demolition of a particular building; and by
  • Minimizing the number and extent of building demolition where no immediate re-use of the site is planned.
WHAT BUILDINGS ARE SUBJECT TO ARTICLE 85?
  • All buildings located in either the Downtown or Harborpark.
  • All neighborhood buildings at least fifty years of age.
  • All buildings located in a Neighborhood Design Overlay District.

Landmarked buildings are reviewed by the BLC or the appropriate local historic district commission.

Step
2

Complete your Application

Please read all the Article 85 Rules and Regulations before submitting the Article 85 application.

The following documents are required as part of the application:

  • Photographs of the property and neighboring properties. All photographs must be keyed to a map;
  • A map showing the property. Maps are available on the Assessor’s website or through the Boston Redevelopment Authority;
  • A plot plan;
  • Plans and elevations if a new structure is proposed;
  • Proof of ownership; and
  • The notarized signatures of the owner/applicant.

Specific details about the document requirements are listed in the application. Incomplete applications will be returned. See our top 10 tips for preparing your Article 85 application.

Step
3

Bring your application to us

Complete applications may dropped off at:

  • Boston Landmarks Commission
  • One City Hall Square, Room 709
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Step
4

Wait to hear from us

Landmarks Commission staff has 10 days to review a complete application and get back to the applicant with a determination. Using specific criteria, we either find the building “significant” or “not significant.” If it is significant, we'll schedule a public hearing within 30 days.

The applicant is required to hold a community meeting before coming to a Boston Landmarks Commission hearing. Read more about these requirements and the public hearing process.

Step
1

Before you get started by mail

About article 85 demolition delay

The Boston Zoning Code was amended in 1995 to include a demolition delay policy called Article 85. The article provides a predictable process for reviewing requests to demolish buildings by:

  • Establishing an appropriate waiting period during which the City and the applicant can propose and consider alternatives to the demolition of a building of historical, architectural, cultural or urban design value to the City;
  • Providing an opportunity for the public to comment on the issues regarding the demolition of a particular building; and by
  • Minimizing the number and extent of building demolition where no immediate re-use of the site is planned.
WHAT BUILDINGS ARE SUBJECT TO ARTICLE 85?
  • All buildings located in either the Downtown or Harborpark.
  • All neighborhood buildings at least fifty years of age.
  • All buildings located in a Neighborhood Design Overlay District.

Landmarked buildings are reviewed by the BLC or the appropriate local historic district commission.

Step
2

Complete your application

Please read all the Article 85 Rules and Regulations before submitting the Article 85 application.

The following documents are required as part of the application:

  • Photographs of the property and neighboring properties. All photographs must be keyed to a map;
  • A map showing the property. Maps are available on the Assessor’s website or through the Boston Redevelopment Authority;
  • A plot plan;
  • Plans and elevations if a new structure is proposed;
  • Proof of ownership; and
  • The notarized signatures of the owner/applicant.

Specific details about the documentation requirements are listed in the application. Incomplete applications will be returned. See our top 10 tips for preparing your Article 85 application.

Step
3

Mail it to us

Mail complete applications to:

  • Boston Landmarks Commission
  • One City Hall Square, Room 709
  • Boston, MA 02201
  • Office hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Step
4

Wait to hear from us

Landmarks Commission staff has 10 days to review a complete application and get back to the applicant with a determination. Using specific criteria, we either find the building “significant” or “not significant.” If it is significant, we'll schedule a public hearing within 30 days.

The applicant is required to hold a community meeting before coming to a Boston Landmarks Commission hearing. Read more about these requirements and the public hearing process.

Contact:
Landmarks Commission
1 City Hall Square
Room 709
Boston, MA 02201
United States