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Demolition delay files

Identifier: 5210.002

Scope and Contents

Includes Demolition delay review files #1-#2055 from 1995-2016.


  • 1995-2016


Historical note

On February 6, 1995, the Boston Zoning Code was amended to include a demolition delay policy (Article 85, Chapter 665 of the Acts of 1956 as amended). Demolition Delay 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.

Article 85 Demolition Delay Review pertains to applications involving the demolition of buildings located within the city's limits and is administered by the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC). Proposed demolition of individually designated Boston Landmarks or buildings within a local historic district shall be reviewed by the BLC or appropriate District Commission.


37.0 Cubic feet (37 record cartons)

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