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Historic Preservation is a critical county function that helps communities maintain a higher quality of life by preserving its cultural heritage and historic resources for future generations; establishes a context for future development; encourages green building practices and sustainable growth; and provides economic development through heritage tourism.
The Office of Historic Preservation preserves and protects Miami-Dade County’s cultural, historical, architectural and archaeological resources through historic designations, site management and monitoring, public education and by finding creative solutions and economic incentives for historic preservation efforts.
Currently, the County oversees 127 individually designated historic sites, 43 archaeological sites and zones and five historic districts. The County also serves as the historic preservation staff for the 24 municipalities that do not have their own preservation program or ordinance.
Federally-required environmental reviews are performed for housing grant applications involving structures over 50 years of age. The office surveys and identifies eligible sites and prepares the research for designation submittal and continues efforts to do public outreach and education on our community’s rich heritage.
The Miami-Dade Historic Preservation Ordinance is designed to protect, enhance and perpetuate properties of historical, cultural, archeological, paleontological, aesthetic and architectural merit.
The regular Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate to Dig can be approved by the staff. Special Certificates of Appropriateness require a Public Hearing in front of the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board.
Ad-Valorem Tax Exemption
There is an Ad-Valorem tax exemption available to owners of designated properties who restore or make improvements to their buildings. And as historic preservation grants become available, only those properties that are already designated would be eligible. Our office is continually on the look-out for other avenues of financial assistance, such as state and federal grants, which we can then inform our historic property owners about.
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