Historic District Committee

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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 or 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.

Board Overview

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.

Areas Included

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.


Upon Historic District Committee approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Exemption will be issued. 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:

  • Arbors
  • Berms
  • Decks
  • Driveway paving and aprons
  • Etc
  • Fences
  • Hedges
  • Light posts
  • Sheds
  • Signs
  • Walkways
  • Walls
  • Windows