Commission Resources

Minute Man Monument (1910), Westport LHP
Minute Man Monument (1910), Westport LHP

One of the best ways to connect with your applicants is by getting to know the owners of local historic properties in your municipality. Communication is key, so it would make sense to introduce yourself to new property owners when they purchase in the district or even reintroduce yourselves to long standing residents via a welcome letter. Such a letter can lay out expectations and point owners to resources that can help them be the best stewards possible. A sample letter can be found here.

Some commissions hold an annual party or even an awards ceremony to highlight homeowners who did a particularly good job on their projects. Contact us to advertise your event.

Stone Cottage (1887), South Brooksvale LHD, Cheshire
Stone Cottage (1887), South Brooksvale LHD, Cheshire

One way to bring awareness to your district is to create a walking tour, brochure or signage to help educate the public on the importance of the local history and architecture. The State Historic Preservation Office has grants available for Commissions to complete these projects. If your municipality is a Certified Local Government (CLG), then non-matching grants are available to complete projects that advance preservation goals in your town or city. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has more information on what it means to become a CLG and how it can benefit your town. CLG funding available through the SHPO can be found here.

LHDs and LHPs in CT - printable informational handout (2023)

Franklin Johnson Mansion (1866), Wallingford LHP
Franklin Johnson Mansion (1866), Wallingford LHP

Being a responsible and effective commissioner isn’t easy, but Preservation Connecticut and SHPO staff are available to help with training sessions! Watch this session recorded in December 2023, or contact us to schedule one for your community. 

The resources below can be used to help you learn more about how you can effectively administer the Certificate of Appropriateness application process. We’ve grouped them by subject to provide you with as much information as possible. If you have suggestions, please let us know!

10/7/2023: Stamford's South End property owners not all in favor of proposed Local Historic District. (https://www.stamfordadvocate.c...)

9/8/2023: Greenwich Planning & Zoning approves designation of Bruce Park as new LHD. (

7/12/2023: Historic District Commission approved plan to enhance preservation of Westport's history. (

5/5/2023: Westport HDC recognizes “Non-Teardowns of the Day” – owners who rehabbed historic buildings instead of demolishing them to build anew. (

5/3/2023: Efforts to establish an LHD in Stamford’s South End met with property owner and developer resistance. (https://www.stamfordadvocate.c...)

4/24/2023: Madison Historic District Commission Study Committee working on proposal for Old Elm Street Historic District.

3/20/2023: Owners of 1950s starter homes in the Flowers Estate at Westport withdraw application for study of potential district due to lack of support. (

* We post news as it comes to our attention. Links to articles are included for convenience but we do not guarantee their functionality.