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Downtown Lowell Historic District
Downtown Lowell Historic District
The Downtown Lowell Historic District was established on December 13, 1983 under the Lowell Historic Board’s state statute (Lowell Historic District Act, Chapter 566, Acts of 1983).  The boundaries of the district were subsequently expanded in February, 1986 and on August 24, 2004 under procedures set forth by statute.  Creation of the district was a key element of the establishment of Lowell National Historical Park and seeks to ensure that development activities within the district are consistent with the preservation of its 19th century setting.
The boundaries of the DLHD encompasses much of Lowell’s downtown area including the commercial district, millyards, and canal system.
Within the DLHD, the erection, demolition, or alteration of any exterior feature (and interior when work affects the exterior appearance) of a building, structure, or parcel  requires the approval of the Board before work begins and any other City approvals are issued. The best way to determine if the work you're contemplating requires Historic Board review is to contact the Board's staff.  The Board and its staff are always available to assist with any questions regarding design and process in the district.

Click below to find out more about permitting requirements, design standards, and other information related to the Downtown Lowell Historic District.