Historic Preservation

OVERVIEW

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 ranging from colonial-era homes to early 20th century "Hilltopper" mansions to early barns and vernacular agrarian outbuildings.

The Town is comprised of the Historic Building Preservation Commission to oversee certain designated properties as well as the Katonah Historic District Advisory Commission and the Bedford Village Historic District Review Commission. More information on the historic district commissions and their approval authority is located in the green arrow sections below.

HISTORIC BUILDING PRESERVATION COMMISSION: REGULATED APPROVALS

Under Town Code Chapter 71, the Historic Building Preservation Commission (HBPC) oversees the protection and preservation of certain properties that possess distinctive elements of the Town's historical, archaeological, architectural or cultural past that are outside of the locally designated historic districts.  Read more details here.

Properties are categorized as being Tier 1, Tier 2, or Unregulated based on their contributing, historic significance. 

You can check to see how your property is designated by clicking this link here.

Tier 1 Properties

Only Tier 1 buildings require HBPC approval for demolition or significant alteration. Approval is not required for some activities, including changes of paint color, roofing materials, gutters or leaders; replacement of window sash, where frames, casings and openings are retained; in-kind repairs matching materials and details; changes to building interiors or landscapes; changes to additions built within the last 75 years; and additions that result in an increase of less than 30% of the existing building floor area, that connect to the rear elevation, that are not visible from the public ways, that are not taller than the historic building, and that do not protrude forward of a primary façade.

Tier 2 Properties

All actions are considered as-of-right, exclusive of demolition activities, which requires an administrative permit from the Director of Planning.

Historic Preservation Bedford: A Guide

Meetings

  • Meets monthly on "as needed" basis

Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members

Five members, 3-year term appointment

Overview

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.

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