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View of St Aug 1885-6               View of St. Augustine from the Castillo de San Marcos. Source: 1885 St. Augustine City Directory

**INFORMATION ABOUT HURRICANE RECOVERY AND HISTORIC PROPERTIES**

To learn more about disaster mitigation for historic properties see the following resources:


Historic Preservation Master Plan

The City of St. Augustine is currently developing a formalized Historic Preservation Master Plan. To learn more about historic preservation planning generally, the steps being taken to develop St. Augustine's Historic Preservation Master Plan, and how to become more involved in the process, visit the Historic Preservation Master Plan page.

Anastasia Boulevard Design Guideline Update
The City of St. Augustine has initiated a project to update the existing “Design Standards for Entry Corridors.”  The first area to be updated is Anastasia Boulevard.  The simple goal of the update is to make the guidelines clearer and easier to work with.  To learn more about the Design Standards Update, the original Entry Corridor Design Standards, the public workshops, and how to become more involved in the process, visit the Anastasia Boulevard Design Guideline Update page.


Historic and cultural resources in St. Augustine are represented by buildings, structures, objects, districts and sites above ground as well as under the surface of our streets and landscapes.  Our community has a rich heritage of resources from Native American, Spanish, British, and French Colonial interactions and eventual American development into Florida’s statehood.  Interpreting, collecting, preserving, and redeveloping these resources falls into the broad category of Historic Preservation.  The Planning and Building Department monitors changes to historic and cultural resources through the issuance of building permits and analyzing comprehensive planning measures in addition to proactive projects for designating and rehabilitating resources managed by the City.  Additionally, the Planning and Building Department monitors projects for architectural character in selected overlay zones, namely Anastasia Boulevard, King Street, and San Marco Avenue.

To learn more about the City’s broader historic preservation goals, read the policies set forth in the Historic Preservation Element of the Comprehensive Plan.

To learn more about how applications for redevelopment are evaluated, read the Code of Ordinances for Certificates of Appropriateness and Demolition.

To learn about specific design guidelines that apply to redevelopment projects in the Historic Preservation Zoning districts, review the Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation (AGHP).

To learn about specific design standards that apply to redevelopment projects on Anastasia Boulevard, King Street, and San Marco, review the Design Standards for Entry Corridors (DSEC).

If you are ready to submit an application for a redevelopment project in a Historic Preservation Zoning district (HP-1, HP-2, HP-3, HP-4, HP-5) or facing HP-1, HP-2, or HP-3, please select the following application type:  Opinion or Certificate of Appropriateness The Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) will review your application and make a determination based upon the information provided at its next available meeting.

If you are ready to submit an application for a redevelopment project on Anastasia Boulevard, King Street, or San Marco Avenue, please select the following application type:  Preliminary Design Approval (PDA)

The Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) will review your application and make a determination based upon the information provided at its next available meeting.  Within the overlay zones, properties are assigned a building typology of Traditional Commercial, Highway Commercial, Residential, and Institutional.  To request a change of this assigned typology please review the Design Standards for Entry Corridors linked above to learn about the requirements, and on the PDA form check the box to Amendment to Assigned Typology. The necessary justification for the amendment must be included in the application materials.

Demolition in the City of St. Augustine:
Properties that are recorded on the state inventory of resources (Florida Master Site File), are 50 years old or older, or listed on the National or Local Register (individually or part of a district) require approval by the HARB prior to a issuance of demolition permit no matter what zoning district or location within the jurisdiction of the City the property is located.  Demolition of significant historic or cultural resources in the City is taken very seriously and must be supported by adequate documentation as provided on the application form.  Please consider alternatives including flexibility within the building code for substantive rehabilitations and financial incentives at the local and federal level when considering whether or not to demolish a structure.

The application is called a Certificate of Demolition and is determined by HARB at the next available meeting.  Download the demolition application form and refer to the information provided for necessary attachments.

Historic Preservation Incentives
The first benefit of preserving your historic home or property is the honorary distinction.  If your property is in a historic district (national or local register) you may be eligible for a property tax exemption to a major rehabilitation.  If it is an income producing property you may be eligible for a federal tax credit.  In either of these cases, you should consult with a professional to help you analyze your potential tax benefits.

There are also incentives for rehabilitating a historic structure because there are options for flexibility with the building code.  Please consult with the Planning and Building Department for more information.

Grant funds from the Florida Division of Historical Resources are available for historic preservation projects for non-profit and government entities.

Research has proven that properties in a historic district have more stable and increasing property value thereby offering an incentive to maintain the character of the building and promote historic property designation.  The value of construction projects on historic buildings is oftentimes higher because of the level of skilled labor and use of local labor and materials which provides a greater local economic impact and encourages the use of sustainable resources.