Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines

The Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) has adopted historic preservation design guidelines to assist property owners contemplating projects to repair, rehabilitate, or alter historic properties in Montgomery County. These guidelines are a tool for architects, contractors, local advisory panels and others who assist in the design and review process. The guidelines will also assist the HPC in their consideration of historic area work permit (HAWP) applications.

The guidelines supplement – not replace – the existing review criteria, established in the Historic Preservation Ordinance and Executive Regulations, the HPC uses in administering its review authority over designated historic sites. The guidelines use photographs, illustrations, and clear narrative to articulate nationally accepted historic preservation best practices consistent with the HPC’s review criteria, and as such, the guidelines should be useful for owners of historic property throughout the County.

NOTE: The HPC will continue to use district-specific guidelines adopted for the following historic districts: Capitol View Park, Chevy Chase Village, Clarksburg, Hawkins Lane, Hyattstown, Kensington, Takoma Park.

Which Design Guidelines apply to you? Check this chart.

Chapter 1: Purpose
Chapter 2: Architectural History
Chapter 3: General Rehab
Chapter 4: Additions
Chapter 5: Districts

Last Updated: January 24, 2018