Special Responsibilities: Owners of buildings that have been designated Historic Sites have a special responsibility in the preservation of these structures. To find out if your property is within the following areas, please visit the Historic Inventory Forms
If you are an owner of a house that is designated a Historic Structure, there is a special review required for all exterior alterations that affect the outside of the structure (windows, doors, changes in siding material, and additions). These alterations require review by the Planning Division and/or Historic Review Board depending upon the extent of the proposed change to the structure.
****Interior alterations to designated sites do no require review by the Historic Review Board. ****
Owners of designated properties can make some exterior improvements to their structure without City involvement by complying with the Historic Review Board Policies. These cover areas such as:
Properties Not Designated as Historic Sites
If you own a house that is not designated a Historic Site in the Oregon City Comprehensive Plan, you need not go through the Historic Review process. However, the Historic Review Board is always available to answer any design questions you have regarding the preservation and rehabilitation of your house. Additionally, if your house is over 50 years old it may be considered a designated structure in future inventories. The Historic Review Board encourages you to make exterior alterations that will maintain your structure's integrity and be compatible with the neighborhood New Construction and Demolition Finally, all new construction and demolition of buildings in the McLoughlin Conservation District and Canemah National Register District require Historic Review Board review.