Notice: The Historical Commission offices are not yet open for walk-ins. Plan reviews are available via eCLIPSE or by scheduling an in-person appointment. To learn how to participate in our remote meetings, see our public meetings page.
What we do
As part of the Department of Planning and Development, the Philadelphia Historical Commission protects the City’s historic resources. Together with its advisory committees, the commission:
- Identifies and designates historic landmarks.
- Maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
- Hosts public meetings about historic properties.
- Works with property owners to protect landmarks.
The commission staff reviews building permit applications and nominations to the register. When needed, they forward applications to the appropriate committee. The staff:
- Approves over 90% of building permit applications without referral to a committee.
- Informs the public about the commission’s rules and processes.
- Gives advice on preservation techniques.
- Helps the public research the history of their properties.
1515 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 686-7660
TTY: (215) 683-0286
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Jun9EventHistorical Commission monthly meeting9:00 am to 2:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission monthly meetingJune 9, 20239:00 am to 2:00 pm, 5 hoursOnline via ZoommapTo watch the meeting live on Zoom using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, click on the following link on June 9.
Meeting Password: 926355
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Telephone Number: 267-831-0333
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To offer written comments prior to the meeting, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments received before noon one business day prior to the meeting will be forwarded to the Commission members.
Jun21EventHistorical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meeting9:30 am to 1:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Committee on Historic Designation meetingJune 21, 20239:30 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hoursOnline via Zoommap
Jun27EventHistorical Commission Architectural Committee meeting9:00 am to 12:00 pmOnline via ZoomEvent
Historical Commission Architectural Committee meetingJune 27, 20239:00 am to 12:00 pm, 3 hoursOnline via Zoommap
View the register to find historically designated properties in Philadelphia.
Explore an interactive map of properties and districts that appear on the register.
Read the rules and ordinance that govern the work of the Historical Commission.