Historic Preservation

The Department of Planning and Development administers the Historic Preservation Ordinance through which we strive to preserve our historic structures, neighborhoods and archeological sites.


Historic Preservation Office Links

View the Houston Code of Ordinances Chapter 33  Planning and Development, Article VII. Historic Preservation at Municode.

COA Fees have changed, effective January 1, 2017

Please note that the fees must be paid (in person, by mail or over the phone at 832-393-6632) prior to the Department processing the application. Please contact Historic Preservation staff to discuss your application prior to submittal and fee payment.

The COA application fee is based on your project type. Each application will require a separate fee. Applications to revise previously approved COAs or to resubmit after denial will be charged the full application fee.

The fees are as follows:

Description of Fee – Certificates of  Appropriateness

Application - Construction Plan Review (New Construction and Additions)
The construction of a new structure or object; or an alteration to an existing structure or object that changes an exterior dimension (height, width, depth, footprint, etc.).

$ 252.26
Application - Construction Plan Review (Accessory Structures)
An accessory structure is one that is incidental and subordinate to the principal structure on the property and is physically detached to the principal structure. Some common examples of an accessory structure include: a garage, workshop, garden shed, gazebo, carport, pool house or cabana, or storage building. A structure designed as or being used for sleeping quarters or living space is not considered an accessory structure.
$ 95.72
Application - Demolition/Relocation
Demolition is an act or process that destroys, in whole or in part, or permanently impairs the structural integrity of any structure, object, or site. Relocation is any change in the location of a structure or object.
$ 282.30
Application - Restoration & Alteration (No Additions)
An alteration is any change to the exterior of a structure, object, or site that is not an addition (increase to an external dimension). Restoration is the act or process of accurately recovering the form and details of a structure, object, or site and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of later work, or by the replacement of missing earlier work or both.
$ 98.70

Please note: Each application will be assessed an Administrative Fee of $27.95 in addition to the standard application fee listed above.

To view the complete list of fee modifications, please click here.

Contact the Historic Preservation Office

The Planning and Development Historic Preservation staff is trained in navigating the requirements of the Historic Preservation code and assisting citizens in historic property designation and stewardship. Contact us at 832.393.6556 or historicpreservation@houstontx.gov

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