Historic Preservation Guidelines & Forms

Historic Preservation Manual

The City of Gainesville’s Historic Preservation Rehabilitation & Design Guidelines provides detailed guidelines for the alteration, addition, rehabilitation or new construction of structures located in the five historic districts districts or listed individually on the Local Register. The guidelines also provide information about the history of Gainesville, the history of each district, as well as appendices cataloguing the city’s architectural periods and historic materials.

Online Forms

If you wish to make changes to a structure within a historic district or individually listed on the Local Register of Historic Places, please check with the City’s Department of Doing before starting work to determine if you need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). Please note: Prior to submission of any application for a COA, a pre-application conference must be held with the Historic Preservation Planner to determine what items should be in your application for a COA.

The 2017 schedule of COA submission deadlines and  Historic Preservation Board meeting dates is available here.  

Pleasant Street Historic District: Historic Stabilization Fund

The City of Gainesville provides exterior rehabilitation assistance to help residents sensitively rehabilitate historic homes, while promoting reinvestment in Gainesville’s historic neighborhoods. The Historic Preservation Exterior Stabilization Assistance Program makes monies available to private property owners to complete exterior stabilization and repair work on historic homes that continue to serve a residential purpose. Owners of historic homes in Pleasant Street Historic District that are on the city’s Code Enforcement violations list are eligible to apply.

Historic Stabilization Fund Brochure

Historic Stabilization Fund Application

Historic Preservation Board Training Materials

HPB members are subject to Florida Sunshine Law and public meeting requirements.

Sunshine Law Training Materials
Legal Training Presentation (January 2015)
Form 8B Conflict of Interest Reporting Form