Historic District Commission

Meetings

  • Usually meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month
  • At 6:00pm
  • Location for in person meetings:
    • Joseph R. Robison Laurel Municipal Center                                                                                    8103 Sandy Spring Road                                                                                                            Laurel, MD  20707

Note: We are currently holding hybrid meetings, virtual through Zoom or in-person.                                     View the 2024 schedule here: 2024 hdc application filing dates

The next scheduled meeting will be held on February 13, 2024 at 6pm. The deadline to get on that agenda is January 19, 2024.

The Public is welcome and encouraged to attend, but will need to sign up to speak. View meeting information from the Clerk to the City Council.

Please check the deadline dates or with our staff, if you have a certificate application you would like to submit for the next Historic District Commission meeting.

Agendas and Minutes

View the Clerk's Meeting Agendas and Minutes page for information on how to access current and archived meeting documents.

Overview

The Historic District Commission (HDC) was established in 1975 to promote the preservation of Laurel's historic sites and buildings in order to safeguard the heritage of the City's built environment. The Commission's authority is derived from the Land Use Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland and Article I, Division 13 of the City of Laurel Unified Land Development Code. To that end, the Commission is empowered to hold public hearings for the purpose of reviewing architectural and design elements for buildings in the Historic District and granting certificates of approval in accordance with the City of Laurel Historic District Commission Design Guidelines (Art. I, Div. 14, City of Laurel Land Development Code.

Roles of the Commission and Staff

The Commission reviews plans for all exterior alterations to buildings in the historic district, including changes or additions to the rear of the property. If the plans are approved, then the applicant may apply for a building permit. The Commission also sponsors historic site surveys and publications. The staff reviews applications and advises the Commission on matters related to zoning codes and design guidelines. The staff also assists property owners in preparing their applications and administers the Certified Local Government program for the Commission.

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Historic District Properties

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