By City code, the Design & Historic Preservation Section of the Planning Division uses The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings for review of alterations, additions, and rehabilitation's involving architecturally and historically significant buildings. These ten standards apply to all reviews conducted by the Historic Preservation Commission and, when applicable, the Design Commission.
BackgroundThe intent of the Standards is to promote the long-term preservation of historically significant properties through the long-term preservation of historic materials and features. Initially developed by the Secretary of the Interior to determine the appropriateness of work on registered properties within the Historic Preservation Fund grant-in-aid program, The Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings have been widely used over the years, particularly to determine if a rehabilitation qualifies as a certified rehabilitation for Federal tax purposes. In addition, the Standards have guided Federal agencies in carrying out their historic preservation responsibilities for properties in Federal ownership or control; and State and local officials in reviewing both Federal and nonfederal rehabilitation proposals. They have also been extensively adopted by historic district commissions and planning commissions across the country for use within local designated historic areas.
Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic BuildingsThe secretary of the Interor has also published more specific information on The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation which identifies in detail "recommended treatments" and "not recommended treatments." Among the topics covered by this supplemental information are:
This information is available from the National Park Service website.