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Historic District Committee
Historic District Committee The Sandwich Old King's Highway Historic District Committee is a five-member board charged with administering the Old King's Highway Regional Historic District Act, Chapter 470 of the Acts of 1973. The Act provides protection for visual character and setting so that all exterior changes to buildings, signs, and other construction are reviewed for congruity, compatibility, and appropriateness with the historic character of Sandwich. 

The Sandwich Old King's Highway Historic District includes all properties within the area north of the centerline of Route 6 to the Cape Cod Bay low water line, extending from the Town of Bourne to the border with the Town of Barnstable. The Sandwich Historic District also includes that part of Sandwich along the Cape Cod Bay which is on the western side of the Cape Cod Canal. 

The Sandwich Historic District Committee has a right to review all exterior changes to structures within the District prior to the commencement of work, including new construction, alterations/additions, demolitions, and painting. This includes construction or alterations to sheds, decks, windows, hedges, signs, walls, walkways, berms, driveway paving and aprons, fences, arbors, light posts, etc. Upon Historic District Committee approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Exemption will be issued. 

Four of the Historic District Committee's five members are elected for terms of four years and must reside in the historic district. The fifth member must be an architect/builder and is appointed annually by the Board of Selectmen. The Selectmen also annually appoints two people residing in the district to serve as alternate members of the Committee. 

The Sandwich Historic District Committee meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Offices at Human Services Building, 270 Quaker Meetinghouse Road. Contact the Office Manager at (508) 888-4200 with any questions regarding filing an application with the Historic District Committee. 

The Committee's current membership is as follows:

Click HERE for a list of Current Committee Members

Michelle Y. Raymond, Office Manager