Whether you are a first time home buyer in a historic district or a professional architect working with a landmarked property, the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) has resources and information available to assist you. The Office of Historic Preservation is available for consultation with applicants regarding proposed rehabilitation, new construction, and other projects dealing with historic properties.
For large projects and new construction OHP staff recommends applicants meet with the Historic and Design Review Commission’s Design Review Committee (DRC) prior to attending an HDRC meeting. This is an informal, non-binding body that provides feedback to current and future applicants on proposed projects within historic and RIO districts and for local landmarks. Once applicants have met with staff and attended the DRC meeting, it is recommended but not required, that the applicant submit an application for Conceptual Approval by the HDRC. Conceptual Approval is HDRC approval of the "concept" of the project in order to give the applicant feedback about the design and scope of the project prior to completion of 80% construction documents and significant investment by the applicant. Final Approval of an application requires 80% construction documentation for review by the HDRC before a Certificate of Appropriateness can be issued.
OHP staff also offer numerous public education opportunities throughout the year. Please contact the Office of Historic Preservation for more information.
Additional Resource Links
View additional historic resource links.
ADDress Search Tool
View an interactive map of all local landmarks and historic districts.
Did you know you can search for recent approvals in your historic district? Check our our approvals search tool.
Strategic Historic Preservation Plan
In 2009, the City of San Antonio initiated a public planning process to develop a Strategic Historic Preservation Plan (SHPP). Learn more about the Strategic Historic Preservation Plan.
You can report potential problems anonymously or provide contact information for follow-up. See more about Violation Reporting.
Windows are character-defining features of historic properties and can often be repaired for less than the cost of replacement windows. See more about Historic Window Restoration.