ABOVE: Circa 1890 Shingle-style residence in Falmouth, Massachusetts
The Cape Cod Commission sponsored a workshop on “Administering a Demolition Delay Bylaw” on January 30th, 2015. Chris Skelly from the Massachusetts Historical Commission presented the workshop, which was designed for communities already administering a demolition delay bylaw. Participants discussed the strengths and challenges of demolition delay bylaws, how best to effectively utilize the delay period, and the necessary sections of a well-crafted bylaw. They also covered best practices and success stories from around the state. Fifty-two participants attended the event. A video recording is available on youtube (click here).
The Demolition Delay Network page is designed to advertise historic buildings subject to demolition delay in the hopes of identifying alternatives to the loss of the building. The town Historical Commission or property owner may submit a photograph, contact information, and demolition delay dates to the Cape Cod Commission's Historic Preservation Specialist for posting.
Active Historical Commissions who work with property owners and other town boards have had the greatest success in finding alternatives to demolition. Note the success stories described below:
The Massachusetts Historical Commission has developed a Model Demolition Delay Bylaw. It is the basis for the demolition delay bylaw used by several Cape towns and is used across Massachusetts.
Barnstable -- 18-month demolition delay (adopted January 2013)
Bourne -- 12-month demolition delay (adopted in 2006)
Chatham -- 18-month demolition delay (adopted in 2007)
Dennis -- 12-month demolition delay (adopted in 2007)
Eastham -- 6-month demolition delay
Falmouth -- 6-month demolition delay (in effect in late 2007)
Harwich -- 12-month demolition delay (adopted in spring 2011)
Orleans -- 12-month demolition delay (adopted in 2005)
Sandwich -- no demolition delay (proposed 18-month demolition delay failed at Spring 2007 Town Meeting)
Truro -- 12-month demolition delay (adopted in 2007)
Wellfleet -- 6-month demolition delay
Yarmouth -- 6-month demolition delay (adopted April 2011)