Historical Commission

Effective November 1, 2020, the Salem Historical Commission will be navigating to the City's online system for permit applications. This new system will streamline the application process for both the applicants and the department staff. All historic district applications, including requests for Certificates of Non-Applicability, Appropriateness and Hardship must be submitted through this online system. Please note that an e-mail address is required to access this system.

Please see below to access the following applications:

Certificate of Appropriateness

Certificate of Non-Applicability  

Certificate of Hardship  

To view application materials for each meeting, please see Meeting Folder link on left side of this page.

If you need assistance, please contact Patti Kelleher at 978-619-5685 or at [email protected]

The Salem Historical Commission reviews applications for work being done on properties in Salem's four local historic districts and maintains an inventory of historic resources. Deadlines for Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness or Certificates of Hardship are due 16 days before any meeting.

Note: The Salem Historical Commission does not maintain collections of historic documents or artifacts and does not maintain ancestry files.

Staff Contacts

Board Members

Name Title
Mark Meche Member (9/10/2023)
Mark Pattison Member (6/28/2024)
Laurence Spang Chair (1/10/2025)
Reed Cutting Alternate (3/1/2023)
Rebecca English Member (3/1/2025)
Jamie Graham Member (4/11/2025)
Vijay Joyce Vice Chair (3/1/2023)
Milo Martinez Member (4/11/2025)