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.

New Houston Heights Historic Guidelines Effective Date

The New Houston Heights Historic Guidelines will go into effect for the November 13th HAHC meeting. The COA Application deadline for the October 18th HAHC meeting will be September 26th at noon. Any application received after that time will be subject to the new Design Guidelines.


The City of Houston Planning & Development Department is excited to introduce a new product called Historic Preservation Tracker (HPT). HPT is a new way for applicants to submit Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications online, and we are inviting individuals to provide feedback before it goes live. We hope that HPT will be a safer, easier, and more efficient way of submitting COA applications for our applicants. By following the link below, testers will get an inside look of what HPT will offer, which includes: a personalized account, an easy step-by-step process for creating an application, including uploading documents, communication with staff, and a visual way to track the progress of an application. Applicants will also be able to view draft reports and download their COA from their account as soon as it is uploaded. The general public will also be able to view application documents, download current and past agendas, and search previous COA projects without having to create an account.

*Testing notes:
This link is for testing purposes only. Any information uploaded to HPT will not be used as an official submittal for COA applications until after the official launch date. All testing information, including your user account, will be removed after you have completed testing.
Payment for COA applications will not be taken by HPT. This is planned for Phase 2.

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

Historic Preservation Tracker