Historic Area Work Permits

Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP)

All applications for proposed exterior work involving properties listed on the Montgomery County Master Plan for Historic Preservation, either as individual historic sites or as properties within a historic district, require the approval of the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

The HPC, staffed by historic preservation planners, reviews proposals for new construction, demolition, and exterior alterations through the mechanism of the Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) process.

You are encouraged to discuss proposals for major work with the staff in advance of filing a HAWP. For information or to make an appointment, please contact staff at 301-563-3400 or email.

Instructions for filing a HAWP Application [PDF] (pdf)
Historic Area Work Permit Application [PDF] (pdf)

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a HAWP
Step 1 Does your property require a Historic Area Work Permit?
Step 2 Does your proposed work require a Historic Area Work Permit?
Step 3 Filing the Historic Area Work Permit Application Form
Step 4 Consideration of your application by the Historic Preservation Commission
Step 5 Post-consideration

REMINDER: Some local governments may need to review your proposed changes before you apply for a HAWP including, but not limited to, Brookeville, Chevy Chase VillageGarrett Park, Kensington, and Takoma Park. If applicable, please check with your municipality before applying for a HAWP.

Last Updated: January 24, 2018