Historic Preservation Division

The Historic Preservation Division has primary responsibility for all departmental activities within and pertaining to Annapolis' Historic District.

This includes:

  • processing applications for the Historic Preservation Commission and ensuring that projects are developed in accordance with the approval(s);
  • working with applicants in the Historic District to help them understand the process and submit complete applications;
  • interdepartmental coordination of project review in the Historic District;
  • answering questions and dealing with enforcement related matters in the Historic District;
  • acting as the liaison with the State of Maryland;
  • preparing the Certified Local Government report;
  • overseeing the building survey;
  • coordinating archeology requirements for development;
  • and is involved in development issues concerning preservation and landmarks in the city as a whole.

Administrative Approvals Issued



A special meeting on June 9 at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., brought together individuals interested in helping on committees, in groups and volunteering their time to make the re-launch of the program a success.

A public presentation of the Organization, Design, Economic Restructuring, Clean/Safe/Green and Promotion Committees helped to recruit volunteers and set in motion its mission for the next 90-days.

The City of Annapolis proposes to expand the boundaries of the Main Street program to include the following business districts: the Historic District (Main Street, State Circle/Maryland Ave., City Dock area), Eastport, West Annapolis and Inner West Street (to Westgate Circle).

“Economic development remains a top priority for me and this administration,” Mayor Cohen said. “The Main Street Program will further build on our efforts to revitalize business districts by making best use of our historic, cultural heritage, our local enterprises and our collective passion for Annapolis. I warmly invite our business community and our residents to join in support of this effort.”

Created in 1998, Main Street Maryland is a comprehensive downtown revitalization program that is recognized nationally as a model for Smart Growth. The program strengthens the economic potential of Maryland's traditional main streets and neighborhoods. This re-launch effort is supported by the Main Street Maryland program of the Department of Housing and Community Development, the State’s Main Street certifying agency.

If you missed today's meeting, but are interested in participating in the revitalization effort of the Annapolis Main Street Program, please contact Lisa Craig at lmcraig@annapolis.gov or 410-263-7961.


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