Architectural Review & Historic Preservation
Architectural Review & Historic Preservation is part of Planning & Development Department.
Historic Preservation is responsible for maintaining the integrity of local historic districts, local historic landmarks and preserving contributing structures by ensuring that any changes to these structures are implemented in a manner that is architecturally appropriate. In addition, Historic Preservation provides stewardship for Tampa's historic buildings, sites, and recognition of individuals significant in the development of the the community. These efforts are accomplished through the Architectural Review Commission, Barrio Latino Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission. Currently there are four Local Historic Districts and 64 Local Historic Landmarks that have been designated and protected within the City of Tampa.
Tampa has been certified by the State of Florida as a local government that has met the criteria for administrating federal and state historic preservation programs. One of the requirements for certification is that development within historic districts be reviewed by architectural boards/commissions. The established boards are comprised of Architectural Review Commission (ARC) , Barrio Latino Commission (BLC) and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).
See below for quick links to agendas, schedules and district maps:
Architectural Review Commission:
Barrio Latino Commission:
Historic Preservation Commission:
Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund:
Go to Historic Preservation Designations to view Tampa's (Districts, Local Landmarks and Multiple Property Groups)
For further information on the above Commissions, Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and Historic Preservation Designations look under Information Resources in the left-hand column.
Applicants wanting to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction, additions, exterior repairs electroncially can submitt applications online and check on the status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please visit aca.tampagov.net , click on the "Planning tab" and then follow the instructions.