Historical Commission


  • 1st Tuesday of every Month                                                                            6:00 pm                                                                                                          Civil Defense Room at Town Hall                                                              (unless otherwise noted on the posted agenda)
  • Town Hall
    59 Town Hall Square
    Falmouth, MA 02540

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Ed Haddad, Chairman
  • Christian Valle, Vice Chairman
  • Christopher Warner, Secretary
  • Annie Dean, Member
  • Kara Foley, Member
  • Lee Drescher, Alternate

Mission Statement

The Historical Commission works to preserve Falmouth's historic resources; nominates building and sites to the National Register of Historic Places; administers the demolition delay bylaw on about 677 historic properties outside of historic districts; advises the Board of Selectmen, the Planning Board, and the Zoning Board of Appeals on preservation issues; reviews proposals involving federal or state funding that would affect historic buildings, and maintains an inventory of information on more than 500 historic properties.  The Commission also published The Book of Falmouth, a history of the town.  The Historical Commission works to protect historical character of the buildings and their settings in the seven historic districts through the review of plans for new construction, and for renovation and demolition of existing structures.  All work visible from a public was within the districts requires a Certificate of Appropriateness, or administrative review from the Commission before a building or sign permit can be granted by any town department.

The Historical Commission was combined with the Historic Districts Commission, now known as the Falmouth Historical Commission, during Falmouth's November 2016 Town Meeting, which then required the Town Charter to be amended by a vote of the town in May of 2016.  The combined Commission is established under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40C, the Historic Districts Act; Chapter 40C grants the Falmouth Historical Commission the power of design review in Falmouth's seven Historic Districts and the advisory planning role established under Chapter 40, section 8D of the General Laws of Massachusetts.  Its five members, and two alternates, are appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

Applicants are directed to contact the Historical Commission through the Planning Office at 508-495-7440, or planning@falmouthmass.us if they have any questions related to applications for Certificate of Appropriateness, administrative Approvals, Buildings on the List of Significant Buildings and Demolition Delay.

Complete applications must be submitted to the Planning Department by 4:00pm on the Application Submittal Deadline in order to appear at the next scheduled meeting of the Historical Commission  This requires all application materials:  application, addendum, certified abutters list and mailing labels, application fee, and required application materials.