The Historic District Commission (HDC) guides development and renovation in the Historic District, safeguarding Ypsilanti's built resources according to the provisions of the local Historic District Ordinance (PDF).
Any proposed work on the exterior of a structure within the Historic District must be reviewed by the HDC. This includes new construction as well as the reconstruction, renovation, restoration, or painting of any property or historic landmark within the Historic District. It also includes work on site features such as driveways, retaining walls and fences.
Property owners seeking guidance on upcoming work plans are strongly encouraged to attend an HDC meeting as a study item before submitting a final application.
Meetings & Applications
For meeting information, see the Historic District Commission page. Applications are due by 4 p.m., the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Applications can be turned in at the Building Department on the third floor of City Hall.
Residents can view the MHPN Member Directory for a list of preservation professionals and contractors that work with historic buildings.
The Historic District Commission is providing these policy statements for the purpose of assisting property owners and building contractors in planning an appropriate rehabilitation of structures located within the Historic District. Your building permit application, made at the Building Inspection Department, will be forwarded to the Historic District Commission for review and must be approved by the Commission before any work can begin.