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Historic District Commission

About Us

The Historic District Commission is governed by Connecticut State Statutes (Sections 7‑147a -147k) as well as local ordinance.  The Commission was created in 1968 for the purpose of preserving the historic character of the homes and properties within Ridgefield’s Historic Districts.   The Commission governs new construction, alterations, fences, walkways, lighting, signs, driveways, parking areas and other exterior structural features.  No buildings within the Districts, which include garages, maintenance sheds and similar structures, may be altered or demolished without prior review and approval from the Commission.  The Commission's Rules of Procedure (click 'download procedures') provide property owners with guidelines, standards, and our operating procedures. 

Should the occasion arise where you wish to build, repair, alter or expand your home or property, please remember that the Commission requires notification prior to any work being initiated.  In the event that the Commission determines these changes fall within its jurisdiction, an Application for Certificate of Appropriateness is required.  Applications are available here (click 'download application') or from the Town Clerk’s office at Town Hall.  Our procedures are outlined in detail for you on the application.  We are also available to discuss ideas on an informal basis at regularly scheduled meetings—to give you the benefit of our experience and help guide you through the application process.

Preserving historic resources provides a promise of stability and protects the community from radical change.  Property values within designated districts tend to remain more stable through periods of economic volatility and show stronger appreciation over the long term.  Other economic benefits may include well-maintained infrastructure, a stronger neighborhood identity, increased tourism, and more thoughtful and creative design of new construction in the district. 

Commission Members

Daniel J. O' Brien, Chair
Joseph L. Gasperino
James Hancock, Alternate
Harriet Hanlon, Alternate
Rhys L. Moore
Sean O'Kane, Alternate
Eric Pashley, Vice Chair
Briggs L. Tobin

How to Reach Us :  Please call Chairman Daniel O' Brien at (203) 716-6140 or email him at

2016 Meeting Schedule (meetings are held at 7:30 pm in the small conference room of Town Hall, 400 Main Street)

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • July 21
  • August--no meeting
  • September 15
  • October 20-Canceled
  • October 26-Rescheduled Mtg
  • November 17
  • December 15

CLICK HERE to view Historic District Commission Meeting Minutes

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