Making Exterior Changes within Local Historic Districts

   FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

     1. CONFIRM PROPERTY IS LOCATED WITHIN A LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT
     2. REQUEST PROJECT REVIEW BY HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
     3. IF APPROVED, OBTAIN BUILDING PERMIT

 


HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION GUIDELINES

 


PROJECT DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS (BY SCOPE):

SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTATION ONLINE TO HDC STAFF AT [email protected]

WINDOW REPLACEMENT (HISTORIC WINDOWS)
WINDOW REPLACEMENT (NON-HISTORIC WINDOWS)
ROOF REPLACEMENT (HISTORIC ROOFING MATERIAL)
ROOF REPLACEMENT (NON-HISTORIC ROOFING MATERIAL)
PAINT
SIDING REPLACEMENT
DEMOLITION (INCLUDING PARTIAL DEMO)
NEW CONSTRUCTION/ADDITIONS (INCLUDING GARAGES)
  • Completed Historic District Commission Project Review Request Form (including all checklist items)

  • Drawings of proposed project including:

    • Site plan showing all changes and landscape features, including location of construction fencing if applicable

    • Floor Plan(s)

    • Elevation Drawing(s)

    • Section Drawing(s) and other detailed drawings as needed

DOOR & GARAGE DOOR REPLACEMENT
SOLAR PANELS
SIGN INSTALLATION/REPLACEMENT
BUILDING CLEANING
  • Completed Historic District Commission Project Review Request Form (including all checklist items)

  • Description of cleaning method, names and chemicals, the pressure of any washes or applications, and the proposed surface treatment after cleaning

  • Brochures/cut sheets for all proposed cleaning agents

FENCE INSTALLATION/REMOVAL (INCLUDING PAVING, WALLS, LANDSCAPING
  • Completed Historic District Commission Project Review Request Form (including all checklist items)

  • Site plan drawing showing:

    • Existing lot lines

    • Existing buildings

    • Location and dimension of proposed fence

  • In cases of removal, include a statement as to why element(s) need to be removed rather than replaced

PORCH (REPAIR AND/OR RECONSTRUCTION)

DETROIT'S LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICTS -- THE FINAL REPORTS

All reports and designations for local historic districts  are researched and prepared by the Historic Designation Advisory Board (HDAB) which advises the City Council on all matters regarding historic preservation including requests for the designation of local historic districts. The staff of the Advisory Board can further assist residents with specific preservation questions and concerns as well as serve as a general resource to the community.