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.

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 33 (Historic Preservation)

The City seeks input on proposed changes to the rules for Historic Preservation found in Chapter 33 of the Code. The proposed amendments improve ordinance enforcement language, establish double fees for work performed without the required approval, and modify how publicly owned land is considered when establishing a historic district. To view the proposed changes, please click here. The Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission (HAHC) will consider these changes at the Thursday, June 14th HAHC Meeting. Submit comments to planningdepartment@houstontx.gov.

COA Fees have changed, effective January 1, 2018

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.

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

Historic Preservation Manual
Economic Incentives
Plaque Order
Houston Preservation

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