Demolition of entire buildings should be avoided at all cost for buildings of sufficient importance to be listed as

contributing structures” to the Newburyport National Register District and therefore

are considered historically significant.   Some exceptions might include major loss of original

or historic fabric since the NHD designation, a designation of “minor contributing” structure in the register

nominations, severe structural instability, and removal of the structure to permit publicly-funded projects with

appropriate mitigation. Demolition or removal of a structure or part of a structure requires demolition

or removal permits from both the Historical Commission and the Municipal Building Department.     Demolition or

partial demolition of later additions that are not historically significant might be permissible and are subject

to review on a case-by-case basis.