Philadelphia Historical Commission


As part of the Department of Planning and Development, the Philadelphia Historical Commission protects the City’s historic resources. Together with its advisory committees, the commission:

  • Identifies and designates historic landmarks.
  • Maintains the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.
  • Hosts public meetings about historic properties.
  • Works with property owners to protect landmarks.
  • The commission staff reviews building permit applications and nominations to the register.

When needed, they forward applications to the appropriate committee. The staff:

  • Approves over 90% of building permit applications without referral to a committee.
  • Informs the public about the commission’s rules and processes.
  • Gives advice on preservation techniques.
  • Helps the public research the history of their properties.

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