Historic District

 State Historic Tax Credit Program

Capacity has been reached for the program for commercial properties, but owner-occupied properties that contribute to the local or National Register districts are still eligible.  Watch the info session presented by  architect Mara Lancaster. Please contact the preservation planner with questions or assistance. 

Old House Ypsi, 11/5/23, Freighthouse

For owners and lovers of old buildings, Old House Ypsi offered three presentations:

• 12:30 pm: “Maximize Your Old House’s Energy Efficiency," Daniel Schneider, AIA                                                             Presentation                                                                                                                                                                               Handout  

• 2:00 pm: “Understand Your Old Wood Windows,” James Turner, Handout      |  One-pager about new storm window glass

• 3:15 pm: “Easy Shortcuts to Old House Research,” Bill Nickels, Connor K. Ashley, and Ellen Thackery, Handout

The Historic District Commission (HDC) guides development and renovation in the Historic District, safeguarding Ypsilanti's built resources according to the provisions of the local Historic District Ordinance.

Any work proposed on the exterior of a structure within the Historic District must be reviewed by the HDC. This includes new construction as well as the reconstruction, renovation, restoration, or painting of any property or historic landmark within the Historic District. It also includes work on site features such as driveways, retaining walls and fences.

Property owners seeking guidance on upcoming work plans are strongly encouraged to attend an HDC meeting as a study item before submitting a final application.

Meetings & Applications

For meeting information, see the Historic District Commission page. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on the Friday 11 days prior to the meeting.  Applications can be turned in at the Building Department on the third floor of City Hall.

Residents can view the Historic Resource Council Member Directory for a list of preservation professionals and contractors that work with historic buildings.


Sample Applications

Fact Sheets

The Historic District Commission is providing these policy statements for the purpose of assisting property owners and building contractors in planning an appropriate rehabilitation of structures located within the Historic District. Your building permit application, made at the Building Inspection Department, will be forwarded to the Historic District Commission for review and must be approved by the Commission before any work can begin.

Historic Studies


Access the YHF Architectural Style guide here for more information on the building styles that can be found in Ypsilanti.