Preserving Our Heritage

The New Bedford Historical Commission (NBHC) was established in 1972 and plays a key role in the city’s historic preservation efforts. The NBHC consists of seven members and seven alternates appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The responsibilities of the NBHC are to:

  • Serve as the historic district commission, responsible for design review for the exteriors of all of the properties located within the Bedford Landing-Waterfront Historic District. The District has boundaries that are contiguous with New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.
  • Administer the city’s Demolition Ordinance, advising the City Council and other city agencies on the historical significance of sites and buildings proposed for demolition throughout the city.
  • Maintain, update and make available to the public the inventory of historic districts, buildings and other sites throughout the city.
  • Cooperate with and advise the planning department, planning board, redevelopment authority and other city, state and federal agencies and departments in matters involving historic sites, buildings and structures.
  • Advise and assist owners of historic buildings in the city, providing sound and reliable information for the treatment and care of historic properties.

The commission is staffed by National Park Service personnel located at 33 William Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, and may be contacted at 508. 996.4095 ext. 6104. Please call or stop by with any questions, concerns or comments.


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