Historic Preservation Board

Regular Meetings

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • City Hall, Room 209, 2nd Floor
  • The Board meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of each month
  • Dates, times and meeting rooms are subject to change.
2020 Meeting Schedule

Legal Ads, Agendas and Back Up Meeting Material are available prior to each meeting.

Abutter Notices are available to view for each item listed on the agenda.

Archived Historic Preservation Board meetings are available to view.  



Please submit public comment, regarding any pending Historic Preservation project, to hp@portlandmaine.gov

All public comments are included in the review and becomes part of the public record.


  • Julia Sheridan, Chair
  • Robert O'Brien, Vice Chair
  • Ian Jacob
  • Joy Naifeh
  • Penny Pollard
  • Julia Tate
  • John Turk

About the Board


The Historic Preservation Board has jurisdiction to review and approve applications for a certificate of appropriateness for exterior alterations, site improvements, and new construction affecting:
  • Designated landmarks
  • Buildings and sites within historic districts
  • Historic landscape districts
The board also makes recommendations to the Planning Board and City Council concerning amendments to the historic preservation ordinance and the designation of additional landmarks, historic districts, and historic landscape districts.


Members of the board shall have demonstrated interest, knowledge, ability, experience, or expertise in restoration, rehabilitation, or neighborhood conservation or revitalization and shall be residents of the City of Portland.


A walk or drive through any of Portland’s eight historic districts reveals dramatic changes, as more and more of the city’s traditional building stock has been rehabilitated according to historic preservation standards.

In 1990, the city adopted a comprehensive historic preservation ordinance protecting more than 1,500 historically and architecturally significant buildings, landscapes, and sites from demolition and providing review standards to ensure compatible changes.

Today, the impact of this regulatory program is clear: protecting historic resources makes economic sense and stabilizes neighborhoods.