Whether you’re thinking about moving to a historic neighborhood, renting, or buying your first historic home, Preservation Dayton members are happy to help you find answers, identify experienced craft persons, and share our extensive expertise.
Here are some useful resources.
Check before you change.
Do you live in a zoned historic district? Check our Neighborhoods and Landmarks page to get a general idea. You should always double check for historical zoning (HD-1, HD-2, or HD-3) on the zoning map at www.daytonohio.gov/229/Zoning-Code-Map. If you are in a historically zoned neighborhood, check out the zoning code for definitions of major and minor modifications (section 150.345.7) that will require a certificate of appropriateness from Dayton's Preservation Officer. These are summarized below.
This PDF, Living with Historic District Zoning also offers a helpful summary of the City of Dayton's Landmarks Commission approval
Major Modifications (Section 150.345.7 (A))
(1) Removal of a Contributing or Significant structure, addition, or porch
(2) Construction of a new principal structure.
(3) Removal of decorative details such as chimneys, latticework, gables, gingerbread, soffits, awnings and shutters.
(4) Installation of new signage or a wall mural.
(5) Construction, modification or removal of siding, door, and window openings.
(6) Painting of unpainted stone, brick or masonry.
(7) Removal of a carriage house or any outbuilding deemed to have architectural and/or historical significance.
(8) Changes to significant interior spaces, as identified at the time of HD-1, HD-2, or HD-3 designation, that are open to the public and that have received public assistance
(9) Any change or modification determined by the Preservation Officer to require Landmark Commission review.
(10) any exterior alterations requiring a city permit
Minor Modifications. (Section 150.345.7 (B))
(1) Repainting of existing painted surfaces.
(2) Repair or replacement of siding, doors, windows, roofs, gutters, and downspouts.
(3) Repair or replacement of decorative detail, such as chimneys, latticework, gables, etc.
(4) Installation of, or changes to, off-street parking and loading including curb cuts.
(5) Repair of exterior surfaces such as caulking, masonry repointing, and nonabrasive cleaning.
(6) Repair, replacement, removal or installation of fencing.
(7) Construction of new, accessory buildings, such as detached garages and storage buildings
(8) The removal of non-contributing structures, and non-contributing additions, so long as the applicant has submitted a Mitigation Plan.
(9) The removal of a contributing addition that has suffered severe damage, so long as the applicant has submitted a Mitigation Plan.
(10) Substitution of existing signage with new signage in compliance with signage zoning code.
(11) Major regrading and removal of trees.
(12) Installation or replacement of outdoor or security lighting.
Contact Holly Hornbeak, the city’s Preservation Officer, to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness before making any exterior changes to your property if the property is zoned with a historic designation:
Learn more about the type of certificate your change will need on the city of Dayton’s website. Planning ahead and contacting the city first will help you save both time and money.
To learn more about the city's Landmarks Commission approval process and application forms visit
Funding for Design Services
The city of Dayton also offers up to $900 for design services for exterior changes or new structures in historic districts.
Historic Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones
Multi-unit rental properties and commercial properties may qualify for both state and federal historic tax credits if they are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State of Ohio list of Historic Places.
Grants from the Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit Pipeline initiative are also available with amounts ranging from $4,000 -$12,000 to help get your property listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the starting point of all historic tax credit applications.
Properties may also quality for an offset of capital gains taxes if they are in a designated opportunity zone as designated by the state of Ohio and outlined in the 2018 federal tax legislation.
Montgomery County Land Bank
The Land Bank strives to put tax delinquent properties in the hands of responsible property owners.
Home Ownership Center
The city of Dayton’s home buyer program is currently not funded. However, the Home Ownership Center can assist you with a number of other home buying and down payment programs.
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