Historic Preservation

Purpose of Prescott’s Preservation Program

The purpose of Prescott’s Preservation Program is to:

  • -increase public awareness of the City’s origin, development and historic significance
  • -conserve, protect and preserve the unique qualities and distinctive historic characteristics of the community
  • -facilitate restoration and rehabilitation of historic structures, landscape features and other culturally significant physical objects and geographic areas.

When Do I Need a Review by the Preservation Commission?

Owners of properties located in a Local Historic District (see map here)
must go before the Prescott Preservation Commission for any work requiring a permit.

If you are only located in a National Register District (see map here),
work requiring a permit is reviewed administratively by the Historic Preservation Specialist.

Financial Incentives for Historic Properties

To encourage historic preservation, incentives are offered, through City, State and Federal programs for City Preservation Districts and National Register of Historic Places/Properties: Incentives include:

Historic Preservation Publications

The following documents are available at the Community Development Department. Charges may apply for some documents.



  • Historic Preservation
  • Cat Moody
  • Historic Preservation Specialist
  • City Hall

    201 S Cortez St

  • 928-777-1309


  • The City of Prescott has records on all listed properties. Any staff member in the Community Development Department can look up this information for you. For more specific information on your property, contact the Preservation Specialist at 928-777-1309. You can also access the State Historic Preservation Office website.

  • The National Register is the country’s official list of historic properties. It does not place restriction or protections on privately owned property. The City of Prescott works with owners of these properties to maintain or enhance the historic integrity of the building whenever work is to be done. Property tax credits and other benefits are available to owners.

  • The City of Prescott participates in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program, which is a nationwide program of technical and financial assistance to preserve historic buildings. Responsibilities of a CLG include maintaining a historic preservation commission, (provide link to Land Development Code, Section 8.5) surveying local historic properties, providing public input and enforcing state and local preservation laws.

  • This is an overlay zoning district created by City Ordinance at the request of at least 51% of the property owners in the district. It places protections on the historic integrity of the neighborhood and requires pre-approval for all work which requires a City permit, including window and siding replacement, new roofs, any structural work, plumbing and electrical work etc.

  • City Code requires that all work requiring permits within a historic preservation (local) district be approved by the Preservations Commission in order to help to preserve the historic integrity of the building and the neighborhood. National statistics show that historic preservation districts help to stabilize and enhance property values, add a sense of history and an understanding of the historical importance of a community or neighborhood and enhance pride in neighborhoods.


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Posted on January 21, 2022

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