The Hyde Park Local Historic District went into effect on Dec. 27, 2010, ten days after passage by the Austin City Council.
In practical terms, what does that mean to property owners in the boundaries of the Local Historic District?
- If your house (or other structure) is a contributing structure, you are required to submit any proposed changes of the exterior to the Historic Preservation Office for approval. In many cases, the Historic Preservation Officer can approve your changes; in cases of significant changes, the Historic Preservation Officer will refer your case to the Historic Landmark Commission for review. The Design Standards in the Hyde Park Preservation Plan describes what changes are and are not acceptable. Approximately 75% of the structures in Hyde Park are contributing.
- If you own an empty lot in Hyde Park, any structure you build must adhere to the Design Standards in the Hyde Park Preservation Plan. Plans must be submitted to the Historic Preservation Office and the Historic Landmark Commission for review and approval.
- If your house (or other structure) is non-contributing, you do not have any restrictions. Approximately 25% of the structures in Hyde Park are non-contributing.
- Contributing structures cannot be demolished except in extreme circumstances. Requests for demolition permits must be approved by the Historic Landmark Commission.
The Hyde Park Preservation Plan and included Design Standards that were passed by Austin City Council: Hyde Park Local Historic District Design Standards (Dec 09,2010) PDF
Map of the Hyde Park Local Historic District: HP-LHD_Map100406 (PDF)
A list of all the structures in the Local Historic District, including their status as contributing or non-contributing, is on the City of Austin website: