Historic Preservation Updates
Related to Architectural and Demolition Guidelines:
Proposed changes to historic preservation related ordinances may affect older and historic buildings throughout the city and all buildings in the local Historic Preservation Zoning Districts
Guiding this process is The City of St. Augustine Historic Preservation Element of the Comprehensive Plan which includes the following goals:
- Preserve and protect the historic and authentic character of St. Augustine to minimize the demolition of historic buildings and structures
- Preserve and enhance the authentic features of St. Augustine's heritage and scale of the built environment in the distinctive neighborhoods, districts, structures, buildings, and vistas to strengthen St. Augustine's ability to convey the heritage of the city's diversity and development patterns
Specific objectives provide direction to revise the Historic Architectural Review Board ordinance with respect to definitions and demolition review thresholds and to revise the Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation (AGHP) to include changes in materials, technologies, staff approval guidelines, and provide property owners an expectation of what will and will not be approved by using more illustrations and descriptions that can be easily applied. The 2018 Historic Preservation Master Plan inspired the 2020 Historic Preservation Element of the adopted 2040 Comprehensive Plan and is also a resource for considering potential changes to the architectural and demolition review process.
Scroll Down for document links, an interactive map, and a listing of all related public meetings and workshops with links to meeting packets and on-demand video recordings.
*Documents related to proposed partial demolition ordinance with expanded design review:
- City Commission August 28, 2023 Packet Documents (Item 8.A.1): Memo, Proposed Ordinance Language, Supplemental attachment (Guide to Exterior Building Renovations for Historic Properties: Preserving the Historic Building Envelope)
- Letter and attachments to Designated Property Owners (August 2023)
- How Will this Proposed Partial Demolition Ordinance Affect Me?
- Preserving the Historic Building Envelope: Guide to Exterior Renovations for Designated Historic Buildings Throughout the City (proposed)
- Do you own a Property in the City of St. Augustine? Things to Help You Be in the Know!
Will your property be affected by these changes?
The answer is YES if you own a building that meets one or more of the following criteria:
- Local Historic Landmark
- National Register of Historic Places: Individually designated
- National Register of Historic Places: Contributing to a National Register District
(Lists and maps for each of our 7 districts, with both contributing and noncontributing properties noted.
Also search by address in the interactive map to the right)
- Located in a local HP zoning district
If you own a building that is 50 years old or older that DOES NOT MEET the above criteria, the current proposal will reduce regulations on construction work related to partial demolition. The current proposed ordinance will remove the existing requirement that mandates HARB approval of partial demolition for those types of buildings.
There are no changes proposed for the review process required for FULL demolition of buildings 50 years old or older that are located throughout the city regardless of zoning district. These will still require review and approval for proposed full demolition by the HARB.
This map shows the location of the seven National Register Historic Districts in the city limits. The significant buildings within those districts represents about 25% of the city's building stock and is limited to 7% of the city's land mass.
Click here or the above map to access an interactive site allowing you to search for designated and contributing properties by searching by address, which meet the demolition/design review criteria in the proposed Partial Demolition ordinance. Exterior alterations to properties and buildings located within Historic Preservation Zoning Districts (HP-1 to HP-5) are reviewed according to the Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation (AGHP).
See lists of designated historic properties to the left.
Public Meetings and Workshops
The Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) and Planning & Zoning Board (PZB) discussed these proposed changes extensively before recommending to the City Commission. Property owners and businesses in a local Historic Preservation Zoning District and those who own or manage an older or historic building throughout the city have been encouraged to contribute to the effort.
|August 28, 2023||City Commission - 2nd Reading||Meeting Packet
(See Item 8.A.1)
|Watch Live Stream During Meeting
or On Demand after meeting
|July 10, 2023||City Commission - 1st Reading||Meeting Packet
(See Item 9(A)3)
|June 27, 2023||PZB Special Meeting||Meeting Packet||Video|
|August 2, 2022||PZB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|November 2, 2021||PZB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|October 5, 2021||PZB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|September 30, 2021||Webinar via Zoom
||Webinar Link (expired)||No one attended, see links below
|September 28, 2021||Preservation Forum, Part Two:
|See video link||Video|
|September 11, 2021||Preservation Forum, Part One:
Public Workshop at
|See video link||Video|
|August 25, 2021||Neighborhood Council
|See video Link||Video link (opens YouTube)|
|June 16, 2021||PZB Workshop||Meeting Packet||Video|
|June 1, 2021||PZB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|February 18, 2021||HARB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|November 19, 2020||HARB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|October 15, 2020||HARB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|February 20, 2020||HARB||Meeting Packet||Video|
|January 16, 2020||HARB||Meeting Packet||Video|
Visit an interactive ArcGIS StoryMap to learn more about proposed changes that include more definitions of partial demolition throughout the city and associated design review by HARB.
Please note that this StoryMap was created in 2021 during earlier discussions of the proposed ordinance and may not reflect the final adopted ordinance requirements fully
References for more information:
- 2018 Historic Preservation Master Plan (PDF)
- Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation (PDF)
- Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation 1984
- Comprehensive Plan HP Element
- Law: Florida's Local Historic Preservation Ordinances, 1998
- Law: Summary of Florida Historic Preservation Law June 2008
- NAPC Publication: The Alliance Review: Alternative Materials
- National Park Service: The Secretary of the Interior's Standards, 2017
- Preservation Forum: NAPC Trainer Bios 2021
- Model Guidelines Florida (ca. 1995)
- Sample Design Guidelines: Delray Beach
- Sample Design Guidelines: Fernandina Beach
- Sample Design Guidelines: St. Petersburg Beach