About Historic Preservation
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.
submitted recommended changes to the County's Historic Preservation Ordinance to the Board of County Commissioners.
- Sarah Cody, Chief
- Jeff Ransom, County Archaeologist
- Tamara McDonald, J.D., Historic Preservation Specialist
What is historic preservation?
Any action that identifies, safeguards, restores or improves historic resources is known as historic preservation. The identification, assessment, designation and maintenance of historic buildings, objects, sites, assets and districts are the goals of historic preservation initiatives at the national, state and local levels in the United States.
What is historic designation?
In Miami-Dade County, the Historic Preservation Board has the authority to designate local historic sites under the process found in the County’s historic preservation ordinance, which is designed to protect, enhance and perpetuate properties of historical, cultural, archeological, paleontological, aesthetic and architectural merit.
Properties with historic designation require review by the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) or the Historic Preservation Board prior to making certain changes. Most review is done at the OHP staff level without any fees and generally takes one to two days.
Designated properties are also eligible for the County’s historic preservation ad valorem tax exemption program. This program can exempt certain County ad valorem taxes for qualifying construction projects.
Designated properties under nonprofit or government ownership may also be eligible for various historic preservation grants.