A local historic district is one of the most effective and comprehensive ways to manage change in a historic area. Such districts ensure that new construction and significant renovation are respectful of existing character.
Historic preservation can strengthen local economies, stabilize property values, foster civic beauty and community pride, and raise awareness of local and national history. Preservation of the properties within the Historic District is a primary goal of the Historic District Commission (HDC).
In March of 2006, the Town of Bristol voted to pass a Historic District Ordinance. It is found in the Zoning Ordinance. Our current Historic (Overlay) District includes Central Square and nearby property. Any buildings under this overlay are protected according to the Ordinance. Exterior changes (e.g. signage, new windows, demolition) may require a Certificate of Approval from our Historic District Commission.