DC Historic Preservation Guidelines

Considering the purchase of an historic home in Washington DC? Here’s a guide to the Historic Preservation rules for homes in your neighborhood, and advice on how to maintain and preserve your Washington DC home and its history.

DC Historic Preservation

DC Historic Preservation

The DC Historic Preservation Office assists homeowners and tenants in historic structures with advice for the proper maintenance, preservation and enhancement of the architectural character of their properties.

Whether you’re updating a historic DC home or purchasing one, understanding hisotirc preservation protections and restrictions is important. Search by neighborhood and type of guideline.

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  • Check to see if your home is in a hostoric district
  • Learn about historic preservation rules
  • Get approval before making changes

Guidelines By Neighborhood

The DC Historic Preservation Office assists homeowners and tenants in historic structures with advice for the proper maintenance, preservation and enhancement of the architectural character of their properties.

Guidelines By Type

ADDITIONS TO HISTORIC BUILDINGS

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance additions to their property, or create new ones.

BASEMENT ENTRANCES & WINDOWS

The Historic Preservation Office has developed guidelines for Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties.

ENERGY CONSERVATION

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to enhance energy conservation on their property.

LANDSCAPING & SECONDARY FEATURES

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the landscaping, landscape features, and secondary buildings on their property.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

New Construction in Historic Districts:  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and builders to design new buildings in historic districts.

PORCHES & STEPS

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance porches and steps on their property.

ROOFS

Roofs on Historic Buildings  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the roofs on their property.

UTILITY METERS

The Historic Preservation Office has developed draft guidelines for placement of utility meters on landmarks and properties located within historic districts. The guidelines were formally approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 3, 2012.

WALLS & FOUNDATIONS

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the walls and foundations on their property.

WINDOW REPAIR & REPLACEMENT

Window Repair and Replacement: Preservation and Design Guidelines:  In October 2011, The Historic Preservation Review Board approved an updated guidance for window repair and replacement for historic structures in the District of Columbia.

Uncovering Your Historic Home’s History

Learning About & Preserving Your Historic Home’s History:

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