Local Historic District

Design Guidelines

Through text and images, design guidelines set forth the types of projects a commission is likely to approve and the types of projects a commission is likely to deny.  For commission members, design review guidelines greatly aid the commission through the decision-making process.  Design guidelines are also greatly appreciated by property owners, developers, contractors, and architects.  If a commission does not have design review guidelines, they should, at a minimum, adopt the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.  However, design review guidelines tailored to the character defining features of each district are recommended. Examples of design guidelines are included here.

Local Historic District Design Guidelines-Examples from MA

National Collection of Local Historic District Design Guidelines

A collection of design guidelines from around the country can be found on the website of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions.