Historic District

    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.

    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 are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall. Starting with the second HDC meeting in November, HDC work permit applications will now be due one week prior to the meeting. Applications are now due by 4 pm, the Tuesday prior to the meeting. Applications can be turned in at the Building Department on the third floor of City Hall. Information regarding the application process can be found by clicking the "Frequently Asked Questions" link below.

    Residents can view the MHPN Member Directory for a list of preservation professionals and contractors that work with historic buildings. 

    Historic District Work Permit Application
    Historic District Factsheet
    Historic District Map
    Historic District Demolition Permit Application 

    Fact Sheets

    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.
    Alternative Energy Systems
    Demolition or Moving of Structures
    Graffiti Abatement
    Masonry Repair & Cleaning
    Pressure-treated Lumber
    Roof Work
    Satellite Dishes
    Signs and Awnings

    Other Resources

    Why Say "No" to Vinyl Windows? by Albany's Landmark Advisory Commission 
    Vinyl is Not Final by the Kansas State Historical Society 

    Sample Applications 

    Sample Application 1
    Sample Application 2
    Sample Application 3
    Sample Application 4