Historic Preservation


HPC Suspension Notification Letter


August 6 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 August meeting as a virtual meeting on August 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm, where the public is invited to speak on the agenda items. 

The Historic Preservation Commission meeting on August 6, 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 160 301 7401as the event access code.

Providing testimony:

Oral Testimony - Those who wish to provide oral testimony are required to sign up online by noon on August 6th, 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 August 6th with the case information that you wish to testify on, so that we can better prepare for the virtual meeting. Written testimony may be accepted for the Advisory Comments case, HPC-20-62. Oral testimony for the Advisory Comments case HPC-20-62 will have a time limit or 2 minutes and be heard after the presentation and HPC discussion.

Documentary Evidence – Documentary evidence must be submitted by noon on August 6th 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

August 6, 2020 Agenda

Please see the "August 6 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.


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:

Certificate of Approval and Tax Credit Pre-Approval - this application includes the Certificate of Approval and Historic Tax Credit application as one application.Please only use if you are located in the Ellicott City or Lawyers Hill Historic Districts. 

New Construction - this application is for the construction of new principal dwellings or outbuildings on 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 and do not use this form.

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 Claim 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.

Assessment Tax Credit Claim  - this application must be submitted to process the 20.113 assessment tax credit. 

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 410-313-2350 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 | 410-313-2350

County Tax Credit Application | County 25% Historic Property Tax Credit  | County Historic Property Assessment Tax CreditState Tax Credits | Federal Tax Credits

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 | 410-313-2350

FIP Claim Application

All funding for the Ellicott City Facade Improvement Program (FIP) has been allocated and we are no longer accepting applications for pre-approval. If you have been pre-approved and finished construction, please contact staff to start the final approval process. 
Demolition Review

demolition@howardcountymd.gov | 410-313-2350

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 | 410-313-2350

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