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Historic Preservation

As Hartford approaches the 400th anniversary of its original settlement, the City has entered an exciting new chapter in the history of its built environment.  Hartford is one of the most historic cities in New England, and in recent years the City has rallied around its historic buildings, embracing historic preservation as a tool for strengthening neighborhood character and fostering economic revitalization.

The Planning Division has taken a leading role in originating and supporting preservation efforts in the City.  The Division currently supports or administers the following preservation activities and programs:  

• The City of Hartford Preservation Ordinance

• The Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Properties Commission

• Section 106 Review

Historic Preservation Ordinance

In May of 2005, the City Council adopted a groundbreaking new law that protects every property designated on the State or National Register of Historic Places from unauthorized demolition or alteration.  The Ordinance went into effect in December 2006, 30 days after the City's Historic Preservation Guidelines were adopted by City Council.  The Ordinance states that all work requiring a building permit being performed on properties that are individually listed or within a historic district must gain the approval of Historic Preservation Commission before they may receive their permit.  Affected Building Permit applicants must fill out an Application for Historic Review in the Department of Licenses & Inspections.

In November of 2006, the City Council adopted a set of Historic Preservation Guidelines advising property owners, developers, contractors, and architects on what types of work are recommended for Hartford's historic buildings.  The Planning Division offers technical assistance for Hartford property owners who wish to use these Guidelines as a means of protecting the historic character of their buildings.  Please contact the Planning Division at (860-757-9055) for more information.

See below for documents related to Historic Preservation:

Historic Preservation Guidelines

Historic District Map

List of Addresses Covered by the Ordinance

Application for Historic Review

Historic Preservation Tear-Away Sheets- These offer targeted recommendations on different types of projects under the Ordinance: 

Ordinance Text

Explanatory Brochure / Folleto Explicativo


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