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Property, lots & housing

Apply for a historic property plaque

If your property is on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and is in restored condition, you can apply to purchase a specially-made metal plaque for it.

These plaques are authorized by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.


Owners of restored, historically designated properties may apply.


Plaques currently cost about $70. Once your application is approved, you’ll pay the amount directly to the plaque manufacturer.


To apply, you must submit:

The Historical Commission staff will review your application. If it’s approved, the staff will send you a letter with directions for purchasing a plaque directly from the manufacturer.

If your property is not historically designated and restored, the staff will direct you on how to qualify it for a plaque.

Where and when

You can submit the completed form and photographs by email to preservation@phila.gov. You can also submit it by mail or in person.

Philadelphia Historical Commission
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Forms & instructions