Historic Preservation

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Harford County contains an extremely rich and diverse collection of culturally significant historic resources. Historic resources consist of buildings, structures, landscapes, cemeteries, archeology sites, and communities that reflect the history of our County. These resources and their settings provide continuity with the past, establish a tangible sense of place, enhance the visual quality of life in Harford County, and present opportunities for economic revitalization.

Draft Update to Historic Preservation Design Guidelines 

The draft update linked above includes new guidance on the nomination and designation of Historic Districts and illustrates best practices for sustainability enhancements for historic properties. Comments will be accepted through April 8, 2022 by e-mail at historic@harfordcountymd.gov or by U.S. mail at: 

Harford County Dept. of Planning & Zoning

220 South Main Street

Bel Air, MD 21014

Attn: Historic Preservation Commission

Harford County Zoning Code

The General Provisions for Historic Landmarks are found in Chapter 267, Article XIII of the Harford County Zoning Code. Definitions can be found in Section 267-4. The Zoning Code can be viewed and downloaded here: Zoning Code (PDF)

Harford County Historic Preservation Design Guidelines

The Guidelines illustrate the best practices for rehabilitating historic properties and serve as a tool for property owners, Planning and Zoning staff, and the Historic Preservation Commission when making decisions on how to best protect the places that make Harford County unique.

Harford County Historic Landmarks and Districts

Historic Landmarks and Districts are locally designated buildings, structures, sites, objects, or districts that are protected by the Harford County Zoning Code. There are currently 70 Designated Historic Landmarks and Districts. Properties may be nominated for designation by submitting the form found here.

Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

The HPC consists of seven citizens appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council and tasked with advising on the protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of properties that represent or reflect Harford County’s diverse culture and history. The HPC also reviews Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) for alterations to Landmark properties to ensure compliance with the Historic Preservation Design Guidelines

Next Meeting: May 4, 2022 at 7 PM

Submission Deadline: April 15, 2022

The meeting will be conducted virtually and in person (220 S. Main Street, Bel Air). (Click the Agenda Link below and Click the TV Icon under Media to join)

 Agenda and Virtual Meeting Link

Funding for Historic Preservation

Certified historic buildings and structures (such as County Historic Landmarks) are eligible for financial and tax incentives to assist with the rehabilitation of a historic property.

Historic Preservation Awards

The biennial Historic Preservation Awards celebrate the projects, people, and organizations that are working to preserve the history and culture of Harford County. 

HarfordNEXT: Preserving Our Heritage

Chapter 5 of HarfordNEXT, the current Harford County Master Plan, outlines the priorities and strategies for preserving our shared heritage.