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Boonton Historic Preservation Commission

The Boonton Historic Preservation Commission is a volunteer, deliberative body of the municipal government. In recognition of the contributions Boonton has made to and the influence Boonton has had on the development of the region, the Town of Boonton strives to maintain the visual character of the periods of Boonton’s historical significance, when the Boonton Iron Works and the Morris Canal were vital aspects of the region’s commerce. The preservation of Boonton’s historical character is not only a source of pride for all of us who live or work in Boonton, it directly contributes to the vitality of the local economy. The Boonton Historic Preservation Commission has been charged with the responsibility of maintaining Boonton’s historical character as specified in the Ordinances of the Town of Boonton.

Specific duties of the Commission include:
  • maintaining an inventory of historic sites; 
  • making recommendations on the historic preservation element of the master plan; 
  • recommending historic sites for capital improvements; 
  • reviewing applications for development within the historic districts; and 
  • generally, to promote historic preservation and educate the public about Boonton’s unique history 
All development applications and any renovations to a building’s façade (if it requires a building permit), within Boonton’s historic districts (see map), must be reviewed by the Commission and be approved for consistency with historic preservation provisions of the Zoning Ordinance. The Commission is guided by the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation in its review. Also, within the Main Street Historic District, the Commission must approve all commercial signage after the applicant has been approved by the Building Department for meeting the technical requirements of the ordinances.

The Commission meets publicly on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at Town Hall. Applications are reviewed at this time. The public is welcome and may comment on any matter under deliberation, or on any Boonton matter pertaining to historic preservation. Any member of the public interested in serving on the Commission is encouraged to submit a resume to the Mayor.

Opening a new business on Main Street?

In cooperation with the Historic Preservation Commission, Boonton Main Street, Inc. has prepared a helpful booklet for Main Street building owners and their tenants on design standards specific to the historical character of Main Street. The Boonton Main Street Design Guide Book explains the permit requirements for building alterations and signage. It has: useful information on the important architectural features of Main Street; design ideas; examples of acceptable options; and more. We highly recommend anyone intending to open a business on Main Street, or contemplating a change in signage, or an alteration to a building's facade, read this booklet first. Knowing the recommendations and the requirements before you start a project can save you the cost of having to redesign, or re-fabricate, design elements that are found to be inconsistent with Boonton Historic Preservation code ordinances.
Click here for the booklet or download below

Click here for examples of business signs in the Main Street Historic District that are appropriately illuminated, well fabricated and smartly designed.

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