Washington DC Historic Preservation Guidelines
Remodel Rules For Historic DC Homes
If you’re considering the purchase of an historic home in Washington DC, you may also be planning to make improvements.
Here’s a guide to the restrictions that exist in your neighborhood and advice on how to maintain and preserve your Washington DC home and its history.
The DC Historic Preservation Office assists homeowners and tenants in historic structures with advice for the proper maintenance, preservation and enhancement of the architectural character of their properties.

Historic Guidelines for Utility Meters

The Historic Preservation Office has developed draft guidelines for placement of utility meters on landmarks and properties located within historic districts. The guidelines were formally approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 3, 2012.

Accommodating Disabilities in Historic Buildings

Accommodating Persons with Disabilities in Historic Properties: The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance accessibility on their property.

Additions to Historic Buildings

Additions to Historic Buildings: The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance additions to their property, or create new ones.

Basement Entrances and Windows

Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties  The Historic Preservation Office has developed guidelines for Basement Entrances and Basement Windows on Historic Properties.

Historic Commerical Buildings

Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Buildings  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners of historic commercial structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance their property.

Walls and Foundations in Historic Buildings

Walls and Foundations of Historic Buildings:  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the walls and foundations on their property.

Roofs on Historic Buildings

Roofs on Historic Buildings  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the roofs on their property.

Porches and Steps in Historic Districts

Porches and Steps on Historic Buildings: The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance porches and steps on their property.

New Construction in Historic Districts

New Construction in Historic Districts  The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and builders to design new buildings in historic districts.

Landscaping and Secondary Features

Landscaping, Landscape Features and Secondary Buildings in Historic Districts  Yes, landscaping elements could be part of your DC historic home preservation design guidelines! The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to maintain, preserve, and enhance the landscaping, landscape features, and secondary buildings on their property.

Window Repair and Replacement Design Guidelines

Window Repair and Replacement: Preservation and Design Guidelines:  In October 2011, The Historic Preservation Review Board approved an updated guidance for window repair and replacement for historic structures in the District of Columbia.

Energy Conservation for Historic Buildings

The Historic Preservation Office assists owners and tenants in historic structures to enhance energy conservation on their property.

Neighborhood Historic Preservation Guidelines

Many DC Neighborhoods have their own guidelines, so be sure to check the rules for yours. Not sure if your home is a historic building? Check your address on this interactive map. Click the map and fill in your address.

Learning and Preserving Your Home’s History

DC Historic Preservation Design Guidelines Handout

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DC Historic Districts by Neighborhood

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Serving the neighborhoods of Northwest DC, Northeast DC, Southeast DC and Southwest DC including Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Crestwood, Capitol Hill, H Street, Kalorama, Mount Pleasant, Columbia Heights, Georgetown, West End, Burleith, Foggy Bottom, Shaw, LeDroit Park, Bloomingdale, U Street, Penn Quarter, Mt. Vernon Triangle, Palisades, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Barnaby Woods, American University Park, Observatory Circle, Forest Hills, Woodley Park, FoxHall, 14th Street Corridor, U Street Corridor, Meridian Hill, Hill East, Barracks Row, Eastern Market and portions of Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, McLean, Great Falls, Fairfax, Vienna and Falls Church.
Zoning and DC code citations are believed to be reliable but not guaranteed and are subject to change without notice. Consult with the DCRA before relying upon code and other citations. Any information provided on this site pertaining to such issues is not intended as expert advice and is provided solely for the purpose of illustration.