Can a Harford County Historic Landmark be changed?

Yes, historic landmarks can be changed. The HPC has no authority over the use or interior of any historic landmark.  The HPC does approve changes, including additions, provided that they are in keeping with the major character-defining exterior features that make the structure historically significant.  Changes to the exterior or any undertaking that requires a building or demolition permit, from the Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits requires prior approval from the HPC through a Certificate of Appropriateness or COA.  General, routine maintenance, that does not change the appearance of the historic landmark, does not need approval.

The basic principle is to retain and rehabilitate – rather than replace – the building’s historic materials (especially windows, doors and siding) so that the building retains its physical integrity as a representative of itself and its time in history.

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1. What are the benefits of a Harford County Historic Landmark Designation?
2. Can my property be a Harford County Historic Landmark?
3. How does a property become a designated County Historic Landmark (HCHL)?
4. What is the Historic Preservation Commission or HPC?
5. Can a Harford County Historic Landmark be changed?
6. How does the HPC review projects?
7. What is the Secretary of the interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties?
8. What are the Standards for Rehabilitation?
9. What kinds of projects have been approved?
10. What are some examples of projects that would not be approved?