To apply for expedited historic preservation review by the Historic Preservation Office (HPO), follow the steps below.
Step 1: Prepare the Application
Determine if your project qualifies for expedited review. Consult the HPO website for information on submission requirements. Prepare the permit application and supporting materials. If you have questions, contact the HPO staff person assigned to your neighborhood.
- Does my project qualify for expedited review?
- Materials Required for HPO Expedited Review
- Permit Application Form
- HPO Staff Contacts by Historic District
Step 2: Submit the Application
Submit the application with the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA).
The DCRA Homeowner's Center can provide support and resources to homeowners navigating the permit application and plan review process.
If your application is complete and meets Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) standards, HPO will clear it for final permit processing. HPO may need time for a site visit, flag test, or internal consultation. The assigned staff person will contact you for any follow-up or additional information. This is typically no more than five days after you apply.
If your application is incomplete or inconsistent with HRPB standards, HPO will explain your options for revising the plans or submitting the project to HPRB.
Step 3: Obtain the Permit
Once HPO has cleared the application, complete the final steps in the DCRA permit process. There is no fee for the HPO review, but the normal permit fee is applied at issuance.