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Historic Preservation
What We Do
The City has taken steps to preserve and promote its heritage after the 1965 decision of the Mayor and Council to create the Historic District Commission.  Most recently, the City joined the Montgomery County Heritage Area with the adoption of the Rockville Amendment to the county's management plan in April, 2013.

The Historic District Commission (HDC) provides an evaluation of historic significance of properties proposed for historic designation, and sends a recommendation to the Mayor and Council. The HDC also reviews  and approves owner-proposed changes to properties that are designated with the historic district overlay zone as a Certificate of Approval. The five-member HDC is supported by staff in the Department of Community Planning and Development Services.

Education and outreach are also components of the historic preservation program. The City has supported information programs, as well as the publication of brochures and books over the years, including the Historic Buildings Catalog.

Our local historic districts have regulatory review by the HDC under the zoning ordinance. In addition, the City also has National Register Historic Districts that are implemented through our partners: National Park Service and Maryland Historical Trust.

Services We Provide
  • Staff-level consultation on proposed Certificates of Approval projects
  • HDC Review of proposed Certificate of Approval projects (Download Application)
  • HDC Courtesy Reviews on proposed Certificate of Approval projects
  • Guidance on tax credit applications to the county, State and/or federal programs Consultation on renovation projects
  • Technical guidance on aspects of rehabilitation and maintenance of older buildings

Sheila Bashiri
Historic Preservation Planner

Ph: 240-314-8236


111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Ph: 240-314-8200
Fx: 240-314-8210

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.