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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 Baltimore County Historic Preservation Interactive Map, which allows users to search for historic features and view Baltimore County Historic Districts, Baltimore County Final Landmarks, National Register and Maryland Inventory of Historic Places (MIHP) information.


Frequently requested forms, published by the Preservation Services Division.

Staff Contacts for Information and Assistance

Historic Preservation – General Inquiries and Application Submission
Phone: 410-887-3495

LPC Meetings and Historic Tax Credit Program
Phone: 410-887-3495

Caitlin Merritt, Chief of Preservation Services
Research Requests and Landmark Nominations

Due to teleworking schedules phone messages may have delayed responses. Email is the preferred method of contact if immediate assistance is needed.

Revised December 7, 2021         
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