Historic Preservation Appeals Board (HPAB)

About the Commission

The Historic Preservation Appeals Board (HPAB) is a 5-member board that hears appeals of decisions by the Houston Archaeological & Historical Commission (HAHC). An applicant may appeal the decision of the HAHC by filing a written notice of appeal within 10 days of the HAHC decision (for demolitions, between 90-120 days after the HAHC decision). The written notice of appeal must include the grounds for the appeal and any supplemental material the appellant wishes the Board to review. The HPAB will not consider new information introduced at the hearing itself. Please see the adopted HPAB Procedural Rules (.pdf).

An email to the Planning & Development Department Historic Preservation staff is sufficient as written notice.

Once an appeal request is received, staff will schedule the hearing within 45 days and notify all parties of the date and time. The appellant is required to post a public notice sign on the property no later than 10 days prior to the hearing. See sign requirements (.pdf).

The HPAB may find in favor of the appellant, or uphold the decision of HAHC. In order to preserve the right to further appeal to City Council, the appellant may choose to hire a court reporter at the applicant’s expense.

Current Commission Members

  • Dr. Carol A. Lewis, Position One
    J.D. Bartell, Position Two
    Betty Trapp Chapman, Position Three
    Fernando L. Brave, Position Four
    Tanya Debose, Position Five

Ex-Officio Members

  • Laney McAdow Chavez, Archivist, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Executive Secretary

  • Margaret Wallace Brown – Interim Director, Planning and Development

HPAB Meeting Documents


April 9, 2019

July 10, 2018

April 5, 2018

November 20, 2017

March 9, 2017

September 29, 2016

May 26, 2016

March 3, 2016


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