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Historic Preservation

Recent News 

Howard County Historic Districts   

Ellicott City Facade Improvement Program 

Historic Sites Inventory 

Historic Tax Credits 

Cemetery Preservation 

Demolition Review 

Historic Preservation Plan 

Local Organizations  



RECENT NEWS  | Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428


Did you know...that the Historic District Commission is now called the Historic Preservation Commission? Howard County contains over 1,000 historic properties throughout the County and the Commission has been renamed to help expand the role of historic preservation.    

Are you interested in the latest projects taking place in Ellicott City? Please check out our new website focused on Ellicott City projects here  


  HOWARD COUNTY HISTORIC DISTRICTS | Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428 

Historic Preservation Commission | Meeting Information | Applications  

Design Guidelines | Ellicott City Historic District | Lawyers Hill Historic District |  Solar Panels and Other Devices 

Historic District Maps | Ellicott City |  Lawyers Hill 

The Ellicott City and Lawyers Hill Historic Districts are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They are also local historic districts, allowing the county to protect their architectural integrity and preserve their history for future generations.


 Program Information and FAQs |  Design Guidelines | Applications Meeting Information 

The Ellicott City Façade Improvement Program (FIP) is a program administered by the Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning to aid property and business owners in the repair and restoration of commercial buildings within the Ellicott City Historic District. All FIP applications must first be reviewed and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission. Planning and Zoning staff administering the FIP will review applications concurrently with the HPC. Funds are available on a “first-come first-serve” basis. 

 HISTORIC SITES INVENTORY | Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428 

 MHT Inventory Search   Searchable Interactive Map  

Howard County maintains a Historic Sites Inventory of over 1,000 architecturally and historically significant properties located throughout the county. Properties listed on the inventory are eligible for historic tax credits. Any property listed on the inventory that proposes a subdivision or site development plan must present the plan to Historic Preservation Commission for Advisory Comments.

HISTORIC TAX CREDITS | Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428
County Tax Credit Application | County Tax Credit Information  | State Tax Credits | Federal Tax Credits 

Historic Tax Credits provide incentives for property owners to restore or preserve historic properties. Property owners must submit an application and obtain approval from the Historic Preservation Commission before beginning work which qualifies for tax credits.    

CEMETERY PRESERVATION | Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428

Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board | Meeting Information 

Cemetery Inventory Form | Cemetery Maintenance Suggestions 


DEMOLITION REVIEW  | Ken Short | 410-313-4335  

Demolition Application  

The demolition of structures in Howard County requires clearance from Historic Preservation.  The application form can be found above. Please fill this form out and return completed, with photographs, to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Resource Conservation Division.  As of July 1, 2015 fees of $50 for outbuildings and $250 for principal use structures will be due in order to receive the completed clearance form.   


Howard County Historic Preservation Plan 

 The purpose of the Historic Preservation Plan is to provide guidance and direction for the current and future preservation of Howard County's non-renewable historic and cultural resources, as well as to ensure the County's future plans for growth will protect historic resources in a coordinated, recognized and measured manner. The Historic Preservation Plan was adopted by the County Council in April 2014. 

 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS | Preservation Howard CountyHoward County Historical Society | Preservation Maryland | Maryland Historical TrustHoward County Genealogical SocietyPatapsco Heritage Greenway | Howard County Conservancy | Coalition to Protect Maryland Burial Sites | Farm Heritage Museum | Howard County Center of African American Culture | Elkridge Heritage Society | Maryland National Road Association| Historic Ellicott City, Inc.