Owning a Historic Property
Owning a historic building is a source of pride and also is an important responsibility. In order to protect the integrity of a historic property, the owner needs to maintain it in a manner that respects its historic characteristics. Owners may choose to seek historic designation or access financial and planning tools that can help protect the building’s future.
Making Changes to Your Historic Building
Exterior alterations, new construction and demolition requests in Arlington Historic Districts require approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness and must go before the Design Review Committee and the Historical Affairs and Landmark Review Board.
We developed The Maywood Homeowners Handbook: Design Guidelines, which explains requirements for exterior alternations, additions and new buildings in this historic district; and the Ashton Heights Style Guide, which provides voluntary recommendations for protecting the neighborhood's historic character. Both resources can help homeowners in any neighborhood learn about maintaining their historic homes.
Preservation Planning & Financial Tools
Properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places or the Virginia Landmarks Register may be eligible for federal and/or state historic rehabilitation tax credits. Property owners in Arlington also may seek easements or Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) to protect their historic buildings.