Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428

The Historic Preservation Commission will be scheduling extra meetings in order to assist property and business owners who have been affected by the flood. There are historic property tax credits available for the repair of buildings. Additionally some work can be done without Commission approval. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you through the process and answer any questions: Samantha Holmes or Beth Burgess at 410-313-2350 or sholmes@howardcountymd.gov or bburgess@howardcountymd.gov.

 Next meeting dates:

 Tuesday, August 16th at 7pm (emergency meeting)

Thursday, September 1st at 7pm (regularly scheduled meeting, but will accept emergency applications – please contact Staff for details.)

Thursday, September 15th at 7pm (emergency meeting - deadline is September 14 at 3pm. Please contact Staff to be added as an emergency item.)

Thursday, October 6th at 7pm (regularly scheduled meeting, but will accept emergency applications - please contact Staff for details.)

Thursday, October 20th at 7pm (emergency meeting - deadline is October 19 at 3pm. Please contact Staff to be added as an emergency item.)

More dates to come, please check back or contact us.


The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. generally on the first Thursday of each month at 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. Applications must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., 22 days prior to the monthly meeting to be placed on the agenda (please see meeting schedules and deadlines below). The Commission does not meet in January.

Please visit the Historic Preservation page for additional information on the County's historic preservation programs. 

Minor Alteration Determinations

The Executive Secretary has determined that the following applications are considered minor alterations and do not require a Certificate of Approval from the Commission. Each application will be posted on this website for 5 days. 

If any member of the public objects to a determination below, please email the Executive Secretary at preservation@howardcountymd.gov within the 5 days of posting. Any application that is subject to an objection will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Current Applications for Minor Alterations and Tax Credit Pre-Approval: 

8637-8639 Frederick Road, Ellicott City - posted 12/2/2016

8436-8440 Merryman Street, Ellicott City - posted 12/2/2016

Current Agenda

December 1 Agenda

Please note the December 1 meeting will begin at 6:30 pm. 

Additional Information

Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines




Date of Meeting

First Thursday of each month

Deadline for Applications

Wednesday 22 days before meeting

**The Commission does not meet in January**


February 2

January 11

March 2

February 8

April 6

March 15

May 4

April 12

June 1

May 10

July 6

June 14

August 3

July 12

September 7

August 16

October 5

September 13

November 2

October 11

December 7

November 15

*Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.*

 If you have an emergency, please contact Samantha Holmes at 410-313-4428 or sholmes@howardcountymd.gov.

Download printable schedule. 

Link to main Historic Preservation page.

Rules of Procedure

Rules of Procedure


2016 Minutes

Staff Contact

Samantha Holmes, Department of Planning and Zoning


Board Members

Allan Shad, Chair

Eileen Tennor, Vice-Chair

Drew Roth

Bruno Reich

Erica Zoren