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 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 formal application. 

    Meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. Applications are due by noon, the Wednesday preceding the meeting, at the Building Department front counter on the third floor of City Hall. Information regarding the application process can be found by clicking the "Frequently Asked Questions" link below.

    Historic District Work Permit Application
    HDC Frequently Asked Questions
    Historic District Map

    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 Cleaning
    Pressure-treated Lumber
    Roof Work
    Satellite Dishes
    Signs and Awnings
    Ypsilanti Historic District
    Historic Studies:

    Final Report: Edison Power House Historic Study