Historic Preservation

Recent News

The Historic Preservation Commission will be scheduling extra meetings in order to assist property and business owners who have been affected by the flood. Historic property tax credits are available for the repair of buildings. Additionally some work can be done without Commission approval. Please contact historic resource staff 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 noon. 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 noon. Please contact Staff to be added as an emergency item.)

Thursday, November 3rd at 7pm (regularly scheduled meeting, but will accept emergency applications until November 2nd at noon - please contact Staff for details.)

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

 

Historic Preservation Commission

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. Please click here to link to the Historic Preservation Commission's webpage, to view more information on members, meetings and procedures

Current Agenda

December 1 Agenda

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

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Meeting Information

 

2016 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

MEETING SCHEDULE

 

Date of Meeting

First Thursday of each month

Deadline for Applications

Wednesday 22 days before meeting

**The Commission does not meet in January**

n/a

February 4

January 13

March 3

February 10

April 7

March 16

May 5

April 13

June 2

May 11

July meeting canceled

July meeting canceled

August 4

July 13

September 1

August 10

October 6

September 14

November 3

October 12

December 1

November 9


*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 Historic Preservation Commission's page. 

 

Applications

The Historic Preservation Commission reviews several types of applications, including applications for Certificates of Approval to make exterior alterations to properties within a local historic district, applications for Historic Property Tax Credits and applications for Advisory Comments to properties under going subdivision or site development plans that contain a historic property. 

Historic Preservation Commission Applications

Applications to make alterations or repairs:

Combined Application- this application includes Certificate of Approval, Facade Improvement program, and Historic Tax Credit application as one application.

Certificate of Approval - this application is for exterior repairs and alterations to properties in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts.

Historic Property Tax Credits - this application is for historic property tax credits for repairs to a historic structure. If you are located in Ellicott City, please fill out of the Historic District Supplemental Tax sheet. If you are listed on the Inventory, please fill out the Historic Sites Inventory Supplemental Sheet. If you are making any alterations beyond normal repairs and are located in a local historic district, please fill out the above application for Certificate of Approval for those alterations.

Historic District Supplemental Tax Sheet - for properties located in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts. Please also fill out the Historic Property Tax Credit application above.

Historic Sites Inventory Supplemental Tax Sheet - for properties listed on the Historic Sites Inventory. Please also fill out the Historic Property Tax Credit application above.

Sign Application (for sign installation for properties in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts)

Tax Credit Claim Forms:

Final Tax Credit Claim 10% - this application must be submitted to process the final tax credit. Applications prior to September 2013 were approved at the 10% tax credit rate.

Final Tax Credit Claims 25% - this application must be submitted to process the final tax credit. Applications approved September 2013 or later were approved at the 25% tax credit rate.

Applications for Advisory Comments or Pre- Application Advice:

Advisory Comments/Pre-Application Advice - this application is for advisory comments prior to a submittal to Planning and Zoning for subdivision or site development plans. This application is also for anyone located in a historic district seeking pre-application advice from the Commission prior to formally submitting for a Certificate of Approval.


If you have any questions, please call Samantha at 410-313-4428 or email at sholmes@howardcountymd.gov. 

 

Design Guidelines

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

Historic District Maps

Ellicott City Historic District | Lawyers Hill Historic District

Historic Tax Credits

Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428

The County's Historic Property Tax Credit program provides 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.
Facade Improvement Program
Samantha Holmes | 410-313-4428
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 buildings within the Ellicott City Historic District. Planning and Zoning staff administering the FIP will review applications concurrently with the Historic Preservation Commission, if required. Funds are available on a “first-come first-serve” basis. 
Demolition Review
Ken Short | 410-313-4335
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.  
Historic Sites Inventory

Ken Short | 410-313-4335

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 also eligible for historic tax credits.
Cemetery Preservation
Beth Burgess | 410-313-2350

Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board | Cemetery Inventory Form | Cemetery Maintenance Suggestions

The Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board meets quarterly and meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Board's website above for more information on meeting dates and times. 

 

Historic Preservation Plan

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.