Historic Commission Permitting Guide


Historical Commission


70 Tapley Street



Public Liaison:

Alvin Allen, Senior Planner


(413) 787-6020


Email: aallen@springfieldcityhall.com



Office Hours:

8:15 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday



Meeting Schedule:

1st and 3rd Thursday’s at 6:30 p.m., 36 Court Street, City Hall, Room 220




Vincent Walsh, Chair

Alfonso Nardi, Vice Chair

Thomas Belton

William Duquette

Victoria Rowe

Shannon Walsh

Steven Shultis (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.



Permits Issued:

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.



Advertising Requirements:

Not Applicable



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.



Appeal Process:

Within 20 days after decision is filed with the City Clerk, file appeal in accordance with M.G.L. c. 40C , Section 12.A.



Fee Schedule:

Not Applicable



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.

Page last updated:  Monday, August 13, 2018 01:49 pm