Historic Preservation

Historic Districts Design Review Process

Any development or modifications to the exterior of properties within a Historic Preservation Zone (HPZ) requires design review. To apply for design review, follow the steps listed in the document below.

All applications should be submitted via Tucson Development Center Online.

City Historic Preservation staff works closely with City departments to assess, document, and appropriately treat significant historic buildings and archaeological sites affected by City projects. They provide training and information to City staff and the public about historic preservation laws, compliance procedures, rehabilitation standards, and financial incentives, and they conduct educational outreach to strengthen community appreciation of Tucson’s rich heritage and historic resources. The staff also works with the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission to review proposed exterior alterations to historic buildings, assists with National Register nominations for neighborhoods and property owners that meet certain criteria, and manages repairs and rehabilitations of City-owned historic properties.     

Tucson has a long and rich multicultural history reflected in its historic built environment, archaeological resources, traditional cultural places, and historical attractions. The City of Tucson has been a partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government since 1990, and was designated a Preserve America Community

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