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Historic Area Work Permits

When is a Historic Area Work Permit Required?

When new construction, demolition or exterior alterations involve properties listed on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, either as individual historic sites or as properties within a historic district, approval from the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is required.

The purpose of a Historic Area Work Permit is to assure that applicable criteria are met for work performed in a historic district or on a historic site.

What is the Application Process?

The applicant must submit a completed application, a site plan, material specifications, and photographs to the Department of Permitting Services.

A permit number is assigned, information is entered into the computer, and the application package is then logged and sent to HPC for approval. When the approved application is returned from HPC, the permit is issued.

What is the Cost for This Service?

There is no cost at this time.

What is the Processing Time for this Permit?

Please contact the Historic Preservation Commission at 301-563-3400 regarding processing time.  When ther application is returned to Permitting Services, the permit is usually issued within two working days.

What is the Permit Duration?

The permit is valid for one year from the issue date and may be extended provided design and specifications remain the same.

Application Package
 HPC Website to Obtain Application or Call: 301-563-3400 Historic Preservation, Historic Area Work Permits
Fees and Taxes
  No fee at this time
Credit Card Authorization Form Credit Card Authorization Form
  No Bonds Unless Demolition is necessary
Guidelines, Memorandum of Understandings, Interpretations
  None at this time.
Inspection Requirements
  Residential Inspections Checklist
Frequently Asked Questions
311 Web Portal: Enter key word "Historic Area Work Permit"
Online Permitting Status Information and Inspections
Online Data Search Search DPS
Call for More Information
In Montgomery County 311
Outside of Montgomery County 240-777-0311
Other Agencies to Contact
Other Agencies and Utilities to Contact Allegheny Power
  American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BG&E)
  Board of Appeals
  Historical Preservation
  International Code Council (ICC)
  Maryland Department of Assessments and Taxation
  Maryland Department of the Environment
  Maryland Division of State Documents
  Masonry Institute of America (MIA)
  Miss Utility
  National Glass Association (NGA)
  MNCPPC: Historic Area Work Permits
  MNCPPC: MC Atlas
  MNCPPC: Zoning
  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO)
  U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)
  Washington Gas Light Co.