Historic Preservation

Historic Districts Commission

The Historic Districts Commission is charged with preserving the historical and architectural legacy of the town by reviewing the appropriateness of all proposed exterior alterations and renovations of historic properties located within the town's local historic districts. The Commission also reviews the design of new construction within a District. 


  • Project Design Review
  • Preliminary project discussion and review with the Administrator
  • Informal project discussion with the Commission
  • Certificates of Appropriateness following design review
  • Certificates of Non Applicability for maintenance and repair projects subject to Administrative Review

Go to Historic Districts Commission website

Historical Commission

The Hingham Historical Commission (HHC) is the town’s historic preservation agency and is charged with identifying and designating historic resources by listing them on the historic inventory. Currently, there are over 1,500 assets listed.


  • Determines items to be added to the inventory
  • Protects designated properties, archeological sites and architectural assets throughout the town;
  • Preserves the integrity of Hingham’s many significant buildings through the administration of the Preservation Projects Fund as well as the Greenbush Historic Preservation Trust Fund;
  • Honors local students with an annual HHC Essay Contest
  • Honors exceptional homes and projects with Preservation Awards;
  • Works to educate new homeowners on the elements of their older homes; and
  • Publishes books and other written material on the town’s historic assets.

The HHC advises private and commercial owners, institutions, and public agencies on historic preservation issues, and participates in reviews of state and federal projects that impact historic resources.

Go to Historical Commission website