Historic Preservation


HPC Suspension Notification Letter

October 1 HPC Meeting Information

Following the announcement of the closure of the George Howard Building to the public, the Department of Planning and Zoning continues to operate through remote service. Given state and local mandates to cease in-person meetings, the HPC is unable to conduct public in-person hearings. The Commission will conduct their regular October meeting as a virtual meeting on October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm, where the public is invited to speak on the agenda items. 

The Historic Preservation Commission meeting on October 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm will be a WebEx meeting only. If you would like to testify, you must pre-register so you can be identified during the WebEx meeting.  See “Providing Testimony” below for additional instructions.

Registering for the Meeting:

Join the meeting via computer: If you would like to join the meeting through your computer to view and hear the presentations, you will need to register. Once registered, further instructions and a call-in attendee number will be provided via email. Register Here

Join the meeting via telephone only: If you only want to listen to the meeting and are not providing testimony call  1-650-479-3207 at the meeting time. When prompted, enter 172 268 2465as the event access code.

Providing testimony:

Oral Testimony - Those who wish to provide oral testimony are required to sign up online by noon on October 1, 2020. Please follow the above instructions for registering, where there will be an option to sign-up to testify. After you register through WebEx, please email  preservation@howardcountymd.gov by noon on October 1st  with the case information that you wish to testify on, so that we can better prepare for the virtual meeting.

Documentary Evidence – Documentary evidence must be submitted by noon on October 1st to preservation@howardcountymd.gov. All documents must be submitted in a pdf format (please contact HPC staff at the above email address for questions/assistance). Anyone submitting evidence must participate in the virtual meeting and present the evidence or it will not be incorporated into the record.

Application Submissions

The Department has established new procedures to streamline the processing of Historic Preservation Commission applications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the Application Submission Procedures to ensure your application is properly submitted and can therefore be reviewed by the Commission.   Review the Application Submission Procedures here.

This website will be updated and applicants will be notified as new information is available, please check back periodically.

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

October 1 Agenda

Proposed Rules of Procedure Update

Please see the "October 1 HPC Meeting Information" at the top of this page for detailed instructions on how to join this virtual meeting.

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 6

January 15

March 5

February 12

April 2

March 11

May 7

April 15

June 4

May 13

July 9

June 17

August 6

July 15

September 3

August 12

October 1

September 9

November 5

October 14

December 3

November 12^

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

^Application deadline was moved to Thursday after Veterans Day Holiday.


If you have an emergency, please contact Samantha Holmes at 410-313-2350 or sholmes@howardcountymd.gov.

Download printable schedule for 2020.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions