Historic Preservation Overview
Historic districts, buildings and their settings provide continuity with the past, establish a tangible sense of place, enhance the visual quality of life in Baltimore County, and present opportunities for economic revitalization. Preservation of historic resources has long been advocated by County plans and policies.
Baltimore County’s landscapes and communities have a large number of surviving historic resources. As noted in the Master Plan 2010, parts of the County’s historic heritage, "remain at risk because of continuing qualitative erosion caused by neglect, abandonment, or the intrusion of incompatible designs and uses."
Historic preservation can provide renaissance opportunities and strengthen the local tax base, as well as foster community identity and stability. Through continuing efforts with the general public and key stakeholders, the Department strives to improve preservation information and processes to leave a visible legacy for learning and enjoyment by future generations.
A key stakeholder is the Landmark Preservation Commission, LPC, which consists of 15 volunteer members. The LPC approve Baltimore County properties for inclusion on the Preliminary Landmarks List, consider petitions for County Historic Districts, and review proposals for exterior alterations to designated historic structures.
Historic Properties and Districts
Baltimore County historic properties and districts are identified and listed to help preserve the County’s historic resources.
County Historic Tax Credit
A County Historic Tax Credit is given for the rehabilitation of eligible properties that have significant historic and architectural value.
Maps and Resources
Find several resources for information about historic properties in Baltimore County, including the My Neighborhood Interactive Map, which allows users to search for properties, view the zoning, view aerial photography, create custom printable maps and obtain owner information.
Upon the first visit to My Neighborhood, users will be directed to download a one-time Silverlight plug-in directly from Microsoft via a link. If you are using an Apple MAC OS X and need to install Silverlight, do not use the install link provided on the application page. Instead, use the following link to install the proper plug-in: Download the Silverlight plug-in.
Frequently requested forms, published by the Preservation Services Division.
Staff Contacts for Information and Assistance
In order to expedite your request, appointments are recommended.