Preservation Tracker

Design Guidelines

Historic Districts

Historic Office of Preservation (HOP)

The Department of Planning & Development administers requirements of the Chapter 33, Article VII Historic Preservation Ordinance with a team of specialized professionals who work to preserve our historic structures, neighborhoods and archeological sites. The HAHC Commission considers Certificates of Appropriateness (COA’s) and other matters, and the HPAB Board considers appeals.


Scroll through the slides to see what's current in Historic Preservation.

Historic Preservation Tracker
Historic Preservation Tracker

As of 2018, applicants for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) apply online using the Historic Preservation Tracker (HPT) for Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications. Applicants and the public may track the progress of COA applications, and view and download and meeting minutes.

Historic Preservation Manual
Historic Preservation Manual
and Guidelines

Since 2015, the Historic Preservation Manual provides a road map for property owners and professionals to modify, maintain and protect the historic resources in our communities. Guidelines for various districts are also available: Old Six Ward (July 2007) and Houston Heights (July 2018).

Economic Incentives
Historic Site Tax Exemptions

City Council adopted tax exemptions in 2019 for the restoration and renovation of historic sites. The historic site tax exemptions benefit all sizes and values of properties, in all types of neighborhoods. ... The exemptions apply to historic structures that have been designated as a landmark, a protected landmark, or as a contributing structure, pursuant to Article VII of the Chapter 33 Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Historic Site Tax Exemption Program is administered by the Mayor's Economic Development Office. Visit the program page for more information. Click the View More button to view the two tiers of tax exemptions and descriptions.