Local Historic Districts

In December 2004, the Austin City Council authorized the establishment of local historic districts. These districts will be the most powerful tool to protect the character of our historic neighborhoods. On August 6, 2009, the City Council approved revisions to the preservation ordinance that adjusted the criteria to apply for Local Historic District status to be more in line with Austin's peer cities.

 Preservation Austin has sponsored several seminars on how to become a local historic districts. Read more about the local districts and the impact they will have in Austin, by the City's Historic Preservation Officer, Steve Sadowsky.  You can also read articles  written by Lorre Weidlick, Chair of the Hyde Park Local Historic District, about LHD tax incentives and the benefits of LHDs to neighborhoods.

If your neighborhood would like to meet for a consultation and receive technical assistance from experts on forming historic districts, please contact Executive Director Kate Singleton at 512-474-5198, ext. 7728 or by email.

Preservation Austin has provided a $5,000 grant to the East Cesar Chavez neighborhood and a $5,000 grant to the Travis Heights-Fairview Park neighborhood to create a Local Historic District. Austin City Council Member Mike Martinez also presented the East Cesa Chavez neighborhood $5,700 from the City of Austin’s Holly Good Neighbor Program for the same purpose.

Preservation Austin has also created a Design Standards Template to assist the nomination efforts of Local Historic Districts.  Potential districts in Austin should contactExecutive Director Kate Singleton at 512-474-5198, ext. 7728 or by email to receive a copy of the template.

Preservation Austin met with TCAD officials in September 2014 to determine if historic districts are assessed when calculating property taxes; they confirmed that historic status is not a factor. Click here for the full summary of that meeting.