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Placemaking is a key element of implementing Denton Plan 2030 in terms of harnessing and celebrating Denton’s sense of place. Encouraging historic preservation, identifying historic districts, landmarks, and character areas is an important step in continuing to ensure the longevity of the City’s character and the strength of its economy. Historic sites, neighborhoods and districts abound in our City.

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Certificate of Appropriateness

The Historic Preservation Officer may administratively approve a Certificate of Appropriateness for work that is considered ordinary maintenance or minor alteration. All other Certificates of Appropriateness will be processed and heard through a public hearing process with the Historic Landmark Commission. To ensure that the public is aware of Certificate of Appropriateness applications, the City of Denton requires applicants to post a notice of public meeting sign on the property subject to review. Please refer to the "Notice of Public Meeting Requirements" document found under our "Forms" on this page.

Certificate of Appropriateness applications may be submitted by appointment in person at the Development Services Center, 401 N. Elm St. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (940) 340-8360.

  • Historic Resource Surveys

    The City of Denton has completed an assortment of formal historic resource surveys or studies since the preservation program formally began in 1985.  Below are links to these completed surveys.  Citizens and anyone else interested in the historic preservation, history and or architecture may find these of interest.  If you live in a home near the inner city of Denton, chances are you can find out a little about it in one of these studies.  If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Historic Preservation Officer, Cameron Robertson, at Cameron.Robertson@cityofdenton.com.

    Preservation Plan and Survey - 1986
    City-Wide Historic Resource Survey - 1996
    National Registered District Courthouse Square Part A - 1999
    National Registered District Courthouse Square Part B - 1999
    Bolivar Neighborhood Survey - 2012
    Idiot's Hill Neighborhood Survey - 2015
    O'Neil Ford Architect A Catalogue of the Works of O'Neil Ford in Denton

  • Historic Tax Exemptions

    Tax Exemptions for Designated Historic Sites

    The City of Denton offers an annual tax exemption up to 50 percent of the assessed value of the designated historic building or site to property owners, who demonstrate to the City qualifying expenses of a minimum amount of $10,000 on improvements and/or restoration work done to the property. To receive the tax exemption, you must submit a Tax Exemption Application for Designated Historic Sites (found under "Forms" on this page) to the City of Denton. If approved, the City Council will adopt a resolution and your property will be included on a list which is provided annually to the Denton County Appraisal District. You must maintain your property to certain standards, as stated in Section 10-129 of the City of Denton Municipal Code. The tax exemption provided shall apply for 10 successive years, beginning the first day of the tax year following completion of the project.
     

    Tax Exemptions for Historically Significant Sites

    The City of Denton offers an annual tax exemption for any historically significant commercial site that is 50 years old or older and is located within the Downtown Commercial District, historic districts, historic conservation districts, deemed historic or in need of preservation by the City Council. The tax exemption allows abatement of any increase in the assessed value of ad valorem tax purposes more than the evaluated value of the property for the tax year prior to the renovation, for a period of 10 years following the projects completion. To receive the exemption, you must submit a Tax Exemption Application for Historically Significant Sites (found under "Forms" on this page) to the City of Denton. If approved, the City Council will adopt a resolution and your property will be included on a list which is provided annually to the Denton County Appraisal District. The property must meet all requirements in Section 10-133 of the City of Denton Municipal Code to be eligible for the tax exemption.



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