Who should apply?
Owners, residents, contractors, and tenants who are considering alterations to a building that is in a historic district should contact Jill Thacher, at 734.794.6265 x 42608, or email [email protected]
to determine whether a proposed change will require review.
There are two types of review: Staff and Commission.
The Ann Arbor Historic District Commission has authorized staff to approve certain minor work items on behalf of the Commission. This is generally work that does not affect historic materials, or is a repair using matching materials in matching dimensions. Staff reviews use the same application form as Commission reviews. Please attach information to explain the application, like drawings, photos, or cut sheets. The application fee for staff approvals is $35.
The Historic District Commission reviews applications for changes to the exteriors of buildings in historic districts, the construction of new buildings and changes to the site and landscape. Not all changes require Commission review; consult the Coordinator.
Applications for Commission review are available from the link below or from the Coordinator on the first floor of City Hall, PlanningServices. If you need additional information, please contact the Administrative Support Specialist to the Commission via email at: [email protected] or 734.794.6000 x 42665.
- Application Form (PDF)
- Completed applications must be submitted to the Coordinator by 4:30 pm on the deadline date shown on the meeting schedule in order to allow staff time to review the application and notify the public. All attachments, including drawings, materials information, narratives, photos, etc. and application fees must be included with the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted or will be postponed to a later meeting date.
- The Commission meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall. Exceptions are made for major holidays and are noted on the corresponding meeting schedule.
- 2021-2022 HDC Public Meeting Calendar (PDF)
- Fee Schedule PDF)
- Historic Building Plaque Information and Application (PDF) - For those interested in purchasing a Historic Plaque for your property, click on this link and download the application for HDC approval before purchase.
If Commission approval is required, staff will prepare a staff report for all applications that are complete and submitted by the deadline. On the Friday before the meeting, links to pdf versions of the staff report and the agenda will be emailed to all owners and applicants that provide one or more email addresses on their application.
The Monday before the meeting, Commission staff and at least two Commissioners will meet with you at the project site. This will be your opportunity to explain your case in person and on location. Staff will take photos and post a Public Hearing Notice on the site that is visible from the street.
The Commission Meeting
Hearings occur early in the agenda, following introductions and approval of the agenda. Applicants or their representatives are strongly urged to attend, both to present their information and to answer any questions that may arise.
CONDUCT OF HEARINGS
- CHAIR CALLS THE CASE
- STAFF PRESENTATION – Includes brief description of the property’s location, historic district and history, including any significant changes to the original configuration, a summary of the application and any findings of fact.
- REVIEW COMMITTEE – Report and recommendation.
- APPLICANT PRESENTATION – Applicants are encouraged to testify on their own behalf and may bring such witnesses as may be necessary.
- QUESTIONS OF THE APPLICANT BY THE COMMISSION.
- AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION – Restricted to current case ONLY – 3 Minutes
- REBUTTAL BY THE APPLICANT
- QUESTIONS BY THE COMMISSION
- CLOSING OF THE HEARING – Followed by Commission discussion and action. Audience members may not speak unless rested by the Commission. Action may include discussion followed by a motion, more discussion and a vote.
Following the Meeting
The applicant, owner and the Building Department will be notified of the Commission's determination. After a decision, you or your contractor may apply for the required building permits for your project from the Planning and Development Services Division. Staff will review work proposed on building permits to make sure it matches HDC approvals.
Please remember: you or your contractor are responsible for obtaining building permits and for scheduling inspections. Any changes from the approved plans should be reported to Commission staff immediately. Failure to comply with the Historic District regulations may result in a fine and/or the owner being required to restore the property to its prior condition.