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 District Guidelines went into effect as of the November 13th HAHC Meeting. Please make sure to review the guidelines on the Historic Preservation Manual before submitting your project through the Historic Preservation Manual.


Proposed Amendments to Chapter 33 (Historic Preservation)

The city has sought input on proposed changes to the rules for Historic Preservation found in Chapter 33 of the Code. The proposed amendments improve the 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. The proposed amendments were brought before the Houston Archaeological and Historic Commission (HAHC) at the December 12, 2018 meeting and will be recommended to City Council for consideration.


COA Fees have changed, effective January 1, 2019

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

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