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Local Historic Overlay Districts

Historic Preservation
423 West Ferguson
Tyler, TX, 75702
Phone: (903) 531-1175
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Historic Overlay Districts

What is the purpose of an Historic District Overlay?

    A Historic District Overlay is intended to establish and preserve structures, sites or areas that have outstanding historical and cultural significance. It is not intended to limit the development of undeveloped lands.

What is the criteria for an Historic District Overlay?

    A proposed Historic Overlay District must comply with the following criteria:
    • Consist of at least one block face*
    • Minimum of three contiguous properties
    • At least ¾ properties are at least 50 years old
    • Commercial property must be at least 75 years old and a contributing property
    • Vacant properties over 2 acres must be contributing properties
    • Petition must include at least 75% of property owners within the proposed boundary

    *Block face: a minimum of one side of a street between two boundary streets or a dead end (cul de sac)

Historic Overlay District Petition Application Process:

Image of the Historic Overlay District Petition Application Process in the form of a flow chart

Designation Authority:

Designation of a HD-O may be accomplished by ordinance of the City Council if all
of the following requirements are met:

1. A petition to the Planning Department containing the signatures of at least 75% of the
property owners located within the proposed HD-O; and
2. A recommendation for approval by the Historical Preservation Board; and
3. Favorable vote of a simple majority of the members of the City Council.

Nothing contained in the designation of a property as a HD-O shall affect the use of the property, and all uses shall be governed by the zoning use districts established by the Unified Development Code. 

Please contact Amber Rojas, 903-531-1174 or arojas@tylertexas.com for additional information. 

Mailing address:

P.O. Box 2039, Tyler, TX, 75710
(903) 531-1100

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