News and Important Information

Historic Preservation Commission Meetings - Please refer to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) page for information on upcoming HPC meetings.

Visit the Historic Preservation Commission page.


HPC Suspension Notification letter

Historic Preservation Commission ​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 submission procedures here.

Historic Preservation Commission Resources

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. Visit the Historic Preservation Commission's page for more information on members, meetings and procedures.


Current Agenda/Staff Report and Exhibits

Please visit the Historic Preservation Commission page for the most recent agenda:

Historic Preservation Commission page


Past case information for HPC-20-83

County Architectural Historian Salvage Response

March 11, 2021 Agenda

February 11, 2021 Agenda

January 14, 2021 Agenda

December 3 HPC Agenda     

Staff Report Addendum for case HPC 20-83


HPC-20-83 Application Documents - (8049, 8055, 8059, 8061 (Tiber Park) and 8069 Main Street; Vicinity of Maryland Avenue and Main Street; Vicinity of 3711 Maryland Avenue along Patapsco River, Ellicott City):

Certificate of Approval application form

Attachment A – MD Ave Culverts

Atttachment A (revised) - MD Ave Culvert (revised 12/1/20)

Attachment B – MD Ave HPC Plan set combined

Attachment C – Ellicott City Salvage Materials

Attachment D – 8049 Main Street

Attachment E – 8055 Main Street

Attachment F – 8059 Main Street

Attachment G – 8069 Main Street

Attachment H – 8049 Main Street Lidar

Attachment I – 8055 Main Street Lidar

Attachment J – 8059 Main Street Lidar

Attachment K – 8069 Main Street Lidar

Attachment L – HPC Flow Depths Comparison

Attachment M – HPC Flow Velocity Comparison

Attachment N - Product Data

Attachment P - Master Plan and Renders

Attachment Q - Channel Wall Images


HPC-20-83 Protestant's Proposed Exhibits (marked for identification purposes only)

01_Killen_Exhibit 1_written testimony

02_Hurewitz_Exhibit 2_Water Street Bridge Grate

03_Hurewitz_Exhibit 3_Patapsco Bridge Contours

04_Hurewitz_Exhibit 4_2018 Flood Water Trapped by Wall and Bridge

05_Hurewitz_Exhibit 5_Patapsco Bridge Curved Elevations

06_Hurewitz_Exhibit 6_Testimony HPC 2020-12-03

07_Hurewitz_Exhibit 7_Cairo Illinois Flood Gate

08_Hurewitz_Exhibit 8_Images from November 2020 Agenda

09_Preservation Howard County_Exhibit 9_Testimony to HPC 12-03-2020

10_Hurewitz_Exhibit 10_ Joel Hurewitz December 18 Response

11_Hurewitz_Exhibit 11_Joel Hurewitz December 10 and 11 Response

12_Hurewitz Exhibit 12_Joel Hurewitz February 2 PIA Response

13_Hurewitz Exhibit 13_8049 Portion Over Channel


Meeting Schedule and Application Deadlines
2021 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule
2021 Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule


*Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are currently virtual WebEx meetings. Please see above section on Meeting Information and Application Submissions for more information on meetings and submission procedures.*

If you have an emergency, please contact Samantha Holmes at 410-313-2350.

Download printable schedule for 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions
Application Forms

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. 


Design Guidelines
Historic District Maps

Demolition Review

Application and Information

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 Property Tax Credits

Historic Property Tax Credit Programs

The County's Historic Property Tax Credit programs 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. 

Applications for pre-approval and final approval can be found in the Historic Preservation Commission Resources section.

Repair of copper trim
Historic Sites Inventory

Historic Sites Inventory

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. 

The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) maintains an online database of architectural and archaeological sites and standing structures.


Cemetery Preservation

Cemetery Preservation

The Cemetery Preservation Advisory Board meets bi-monthly (six times) and meetings are open to the public. Please visit the Board's website above for more information on meeting dates and times.

Historic Preservation

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