Historic District Commission

On Thursday, February 6, the Wenham Historical Commission held a public hearing at Wenham Town Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss the proposed demolition delay bylaw. Due to lack of a quorum the public hearing was continued until next Thursday, February 13 at 6:00 pm at Wenham Town Hall

Draft Text of the Bylaw

Demo Delay Fact Sheet

Demo Delay Diagram

Public Hearing Notice

Reasons for Demolition Delay Bylaws, as presented by the Town of Hamilton

About the Historic District
On March 18, 1972, the voters of the Town of Wenham passed a by-law establishing an Historic District along Main Street from Beverly to the Hamilton town line.

The by-law also established a Wenham Historic District Commission to exercise the powers and duties granted in Chapter 40-C of the General Laws of the Commonwealth. Under the rules of the Commission, property owners in the Historic District are required to present plans to the Commission before undertaking certain changes within the District.

The purpose of the design review process is to promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the Town's distinctive characteristics, including its buildings, architecture, and historically significant places, through the maintenance and improvement of such settings and the encouragement of compatible designs.

Certificate of Appropriateness:

The Historic District Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month primarily to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness regarding new construction or modifications to existing buildings located in the Historic District.

Applications of a Certificate of Appropriateness may be obtained from the Permitting Office at Town Hall. Once an applicant has completed all of the information requested on the application, it must be returned to the Permitting Office and the applicant should then schedule a meeting with the Historic District Commission by contacting the Permitting Office. If an application is approved by the Commission, the Commission prepares and sends a Certificate of Appropriateness to the person or persons who requested it and a copy is sent to the Wenham Building Inspector.

The HDC Application for a Certificate of Appropriateness can be found in the left hand navigation. Applications can be submitted to the Permitting Office anytime during Town Hall hours. Questions can be sent to permitting@wenhamma.gov or 978-468-5520 ext. 4. Building Code related questions can be directed to permitting@wenhamma.gov

Commission Members:

Dana Bagnell, Chairman(2021)
Don Bannon (2021)
Lisa Benecke (2020)
Barbara Locke (2021)
Harriet Davis (2020)
Mary Wood (2020)
Mary McDonnell (2020)

The Historic District Commission holds regular public meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm Wenham Town Hall. 

TOWN offices open
to the public

Monday   9am - 12pm
Tuesday   2pm - 7pm
Wednesday   1pm - 4:30pm 
Thursday  9am - 12pm 
Friday   Closed 

contact town hall
Staff Directory

Phone  978-468-5520

Fax  978-468-8014
138 Main Street
Wenham, MA  01984

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