PROTECTING
   BALTIMORE’S
      PAST FOR THE
         FUTURE

BALTIMORE CITY
COMMISSION FOR HISTORICAL
AND ARCHITECTURAL PRESERVATION


THE CITY THAT READS
 Kurt L. Schmoke, Mayor

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Misconceptions About Historic Districts

1. The designation of a property in either district does not raise the property tax on any particular property. Property tax increases are based on property values and determined independently.

2. Property owners are not required to make costly renovations but must maintain and repair their private property in accordance with stated building codes. The local and Federal agencies cannot mandate any costly renovations.

3. The CHAP historic district design review and permit process is not expensive, lime consuming, or difficult. The design review can be processed in a few days. Permit fees usually range from $15 to $50, depending on the type of project. Paint pennies are free, and staff works with the applicants to make everything move as quickly as possible.

4. Neither type of historic district can restrict the use or sale of a property; that ;.. predetermined through local zoning ordinances.  

IV. Tax Incentives and Preservation Assistance (Loans and Grants}

Loans and grants are available to assist with the rehabilitation of historic properties.

For information about the City and State rehabilitation loans contact the Home Ownership Institute, Department of Housing and Community Development, Suite 1125, 417 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202 (Phone: 396-4151).