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HDC Permit Applications now available on-line

The Department of Community Development and the Bristol Historic District Commission are pleased to announce the launch of a fully online process for filing applications to the Historic District Commission.

Using the existing software used for building permits, residents will be able to submit applications, pay fees, and receive permits entirely electronically – without the need for paper applications or checks.

The new online applications are available as part of the Town’s existing permit portal “Viewpoint Cloud” for all permits for work within the Historic District.

Applicants are able to upload all supporting documents to the permit portal and submit payments online which will make it more convenient to file applications.

While we encourage filing on-line through the permit portal, paper applications are still available, and we will still accept walk in or mailed application fees.

In addition to applying for work in the Historic District, applicants now have the option to receive and download their certificates of appropriateness (also known as “Green Sheets”), copies of letters of decision from the commission, and copies of their application from this on-line platform. These documents will also be continuously available on the portal for future reference.

“Our goal is to make sure that applicants are able to easily and efficiently apply for projects in the district – with the new online application process, residents, contractors, and other applicants will be able to submit Historic District applications more conveniently, at any time of day,” said Diane Williamson, Director of Community Development. “This is part of our ongoing goal of streamlining our permitting processes.”

The on-line applications can be found at by clicking the building department portal.

Applicants can direct their questions about this service to Nick Toth, HDC Clerk, at 401-253-7000 ext. 153, or email at [email protected].