Information for property owners

Learn about historic designation, its effects, and what it means for property owners.

Historic designation in Philadelphia

How can I find out if the Philadelphia Historical Commission has designated my property?

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My property is designated. What does this mean?

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What are my obligations under the historic preservation ordinance?

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Benefits and effects of designation

Why would I want my property designated as historic?

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Does historic designation affect my tax assessment?

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Altering historic properties

Will historic designation prevent all alterations and new construction?

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Will I be forced to restore my property if it’s designated?

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Will the Historical Commission make me do work to my building if it’s in disrepair?

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What if the Historical Commission requires me to do something I can’t afford?

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Using and selling historic properties

Does the Historical Commission regulate the use of buildings?

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I’m about to sell my property. Should I tell the new owner that it’s designated?

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