Historic Districts Commission

Contact Staff:   Planning@town.billerica.ma.us

Next Historic District Meeting:

October 4, 2023 at 7:00PM 

In-Person: Town Hall, Room 210

via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86517782796

 Agenda & Documents


HDC Previous Meeting Videos

09-06-23 HDC Video

08-02-23 HDC Video

07-05-23 HDC Video

06-07-23 HDC Video

05-03-23 HDC Video

04-05-23 HDC Video

03-01-23 HDC Video

2-1-23 HDC Video

1-4-22 Meeting Cancelled

12-7-22-Meeting Cancelled

11-2-22 HDC Video

10-5-22 HDC Video

9-7-22 Meeting Cancelled

8-3-22 HDC Video

07-12-22 Audio only

6-1-22 HDC Audio Only

5-4-22 HDC Video

HDC Application Procedures

For proposed projects within Billerica's Historic Districts, applicants should review 

the Review Standards-Historic Districts Commission.

Applications can be dropped off in-person to the Planning and Community Development 

Department (PCD) at Town Hall, Room #211, during regular business hours. 

Applications should include 

>2 hard copies of the Application Form with supporting documentation

>Digital copies (email or thumb drive)

>$50 application fee 

Historic Window Information:

Should Your Old Wood Windows Be Saved - Fine Homebuilding Magazine

Top 10 Reasons to Restore or Repair Wood Windows from New England Window Restoration Alliance

Historic New England: news and Notes for Homeowners -A History of Window Glass

National park Service: The Repair of Historic Wooden Windows

Selecting Appropriate Storm Windows for Your Historic Building

2023 Historic Districts Calendar

 Click Here to view meeting dates

HDC Application:

Click Here


Click Here for HDC Review Standards

View our Historic District Flyer that was sent to over 300 Residents in November  Click Here

To view a proposal from a resident on Colson Street that came before the Historic District,  Click Here

**Check below to see if you live in the Historic District**

  Billerica Mills District
1. All of Colson Street
2. All of Faulkner Street
3. 1-9 of Lowell St Even Number Side
4. 0-12 of Lowell St Even Side
5. 0-8 of Mason Ave Even Side
6. All of Millstone Way
7. 1-37 of Old Elm St Odd Side
8. 0-38 of Old Elm St Even Side
9. 1-31 of Rogers St Odd Side
10. 0-36 of Rogers Street Even Side
11. All of Talbot Avenue
12. 4 Twombly Avenue
13. 107 Treble Cove Rd odd side
15. All of Wilson St
  Corner District
1. 201-202 Pollard Street
2. 17-25 Salem Rd Odd
3. 16-34 Salem Rd Even 
  Town Center District
1. 0-50 Andover Road Even Side
2. 1-67 Andover Road Odd Side
3. 341-441 Boston Road Odd Side
4. 354-478 Boston Road Even Side
5. 482 Boston Road
6. 5 Boynton Avenue
7. All of Charnstaffe Lane except 0-6
8. 1-67 Concord Road Odd Side
9. 0-60 Concord Road Even Side
10. All of Cummings Street
11. 4 and 17 Farmers Lane
12. 5 and 6 Pages Court
13. 4 Pond Street
14. 1-9 River Street Odd Side
15. 0-16 River Street Even Side
16. 1-2 Good Street 

Commission Overview

The Historic Districts Commission was established under the provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40C to oversee development with the Town of Billerica's historic districts. The four districts are known as the Center District, the North Billerica Mills District, the Corner District, and the Richardson's Mill District.

As a general rule, the Commission is empowered to review and approve any exterior changes to existing buildings within the district and to approve all new development.

Established by Board of Selectmen in 1973 - Not less than three (3) or more than seven (7) members. (Chapter 372, Acts of 1960). Re-established in 1988 by Board of Selectmen - (M.G.L. Chapter 40C, Section 4) - Not less than three (3) or more than seven (7) members appointed for terms of three (3) years each……(In 1990 - Became Billerica Historic District Commission). (Chapt. 40C, subsection 4 – Not more than seven (7) alternates). (3-Yr. Term)


The bylaw's purpose is to promote the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of the buildings and places significant in the history and architectural heritage of the Town of Billerica, through the maintenance and improvement of settings for such buildings and places, through the encouragement of design compatible therewith, and through the prevention of development which would impair or be unduly detrimental to the locally or nationally significant structures of the districts.