Application Forms (Demolition Delay)

Summary of Demolition Delay Bylaws in Massachusetts
  • As of March 2004, 98 Massachusetts communities had demolition delay bylaws to protect local historic resources. There are now over 100.
  • Most communities use 6 month delays, but a wide variety of delay periods are used, including 30-45 days, and 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, or 12 months. An 18 month delay period was recently proposed.
  • The Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) recommends a 12 month delay “because of the time-consuming planning efforts that are necessary when rehabilitation or moving an historic building are pursued.”
  • Other Massachusetts communities with 12 month delay periods include, but are not limited to (based on a partial computer search):
    • Beverly
    • Chatham
    • Chelmsford
    • Franklin
    • Freetown
    • Ipswich
    • Newton
    • Northampton (adopted 5/10/05)
    • Orleans (amended from 6 to 12 months, 11/7/05)
    • Upton
    • Watertown