Historic District Commission


  • Authority set forth by Ordinance 439 adopted 10/2/67
  • City Council appoints five members to five-year terms and three alternates to two-year terms beginning on January 1


MemberPartyTerm Ends
Dowhan, TimothyD12/31/19
Guidebeck, Richard DR12/31/23
Miner, ReganD12/31/20
O’Neil, NancyD12/31/21
Vacancies - 2

Johnson, Gregory WR12/31/20

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Until approved, meeting minutes are drafts and subject to correction by the body for which they were prepared. Minutes are typically approved at the body’s next regular meeting.

Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes | Rule of Procedures & Regulations I Meeting Documents

Certificate of Appropriateness

Every project on a building within an established Historic District that involves changes to exterior architectural details requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA.) The Historic District Commission is required to advertise all COAs in the newspaper 5-15 days prior to the next scheduled public hearing. The Norwich Historic District Commission typically meets on the third Wednesday of the month.  Please submit your COA application electronically by the first Monday of the month via email to hdc@cityofnorwich.org.  The Commission checks this email account regularly Monday-Fridays.  Any COA applications received less than 7 days prior to the next meeting date will automatically be listed on the following month’s agenda. Your application should include a detailed written description of the project, appropriate photographs and drawings. Your application will be presented at a public hearing. Following approval by the Norwich Historic District Commission, the application will be forwarded to the Building Department who may issue a building permit if one is required. Please allow 48 hours for a record of voting to be issued. For assistance in completing the applications, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. Please consult our list of commonly used definitions.

Rules of Procedure

View the Historic District Commission’s Rules of Procedure and Regulations.

Additional Material

6-17-2020 COA 423 - 20 Harland Road

6-17-2020 COA 424 - 4 Elm Avenue

6-17-2020 COA 425 - 13 Harland Road

6-17-2020 COA 426 - 357 Washington Street 

6-17-2020 - Frequently asked questions

6-17-2020 - Updates to HDC webpage

6-17-2020 - Adopt HDC brochure

5-18-2020 COA 417 - 417 Washington Street

5-18-2020 COA 418 - 371 Washington Street

5-18-2020 COA 419 - 431 Washington Street

5-18-2020 COA 420 - 116 Union Street

5-18-2020 COA 421 - 71 East Town Street - Gutter

5-18-2020 COA 422 - 71 East Town Street - Foundation & Drainage

5-8-2020 COA 415 - 377 Washington Street

5-8-2020 COA 416 - 61 East Town Street