The Historic Preservation Office encourages the preservation of Austin’s historic buildings, structures, sites, and districts; promotes awareness of our cultural and architectural heritage; and helps shape a more sustainable, equitable, and livable city in collaboration with other City departments and community partners.

We're developing a new equity-based preservation plan! Learn more about the planning process (Web).

Historic Design Standards

The Historic Design Standards will be recommended for adoption into City code in fall 2022. The process will begin with a briefing to the Historic Landmark Commission on September 7 and continue at the Planning Commission and City Council (dates TBD). Learn more and explore frequently asked questions.

Use the Historic Property Viewer to find out if a property is a historic landmark, located in a locally designated historic district, or in a National Register district. If the property is a historic landmark or a contributing property in a historic district or a National Register district, you must submit a historic review application for:

  • Exterior alterations
  • Additions
  • Permanent site work
  • Signs
  • Stand-alone, ground-up new construction on a historic landmark property, in a historic district, and in a National Register district also requires a historic review application.

Historic landmarks, historic districts designated after March 2021, and National Register districts should use the Historic Design Standards (PDF) when planning projects. Historic districts designated before March 2021 should use the design standards (Web) developed during the application process.

We encourage you to submit applications through the City’s online portal Austin Build + Connect (Web). You can fill out the application, upload plans and photographs, and pay fees. If you have not used this feature before, you will need to register (Web) for an account before submitting an application.