Historic Building Preservation Commission


Preservation of Bedford's rich and varied architectural heritage is fundamental to maintaining the town's distinct historic character and unique appeal. Bedford has long been in the forefront of historic preservation, actively working to protect its historic resources for over a century.

Thanks to decades of preservation efforts by town residents, Bedford retains a remarkably diverse variety of historic structures, from colonial-era homes to early 20th century "Hilltopper" mansions, as well as early barns and vernacular outbuildings representative of the Town's agrarian past.

This Commission (HBPC) was formed in order to protect and preserve buildings in the Town of Bedford, which have or represent distinctive elements of the Town's historical, archaeological, architectural or cultural past that are not part of the Town's historic districts. The Commission is comprised of five members that are appointed by the Town Board. The Town's Historic Building Preservation Law provides a Tier system of historic priorities prioritizing their significance. Only Tier 1 buildings require Commission approval for demolition or significant alteration. The law provides a list of "as-of-right" activities that do not require approval. The Law also requires that the Town prepare and maintain a Survey of Historic Buildings.

Historic Preservation Bedford: A Guide


  • Meets monthly on "as needed" basis

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Five members, 3-year term appointment


The Historic District Review Commission was established to protect and perpetuate places and buildings having a special historic aesthetic interest or value within the Bedford Village hamlet. The area, designated as a historic district, dates from the founding of Bedford in 1680 and contains a number of historic landmarks, including the Village Green and a colonial graveyard and public and private buildings that display the architecture of the period from the 1700s to the present.

The Review Commission is charged with regulating the construction of new buildings and the reconstruction, alteration and demolition of existing buildings, including outbuildings, walls, fences, steps and signs.