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A Step-by-Step Guide: Step 4

Historic Area Work Permits

Step 4: Consideration of your application by the Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) applications must be submitted to The Department of Permitting Services (DPS). DPS will send your HAWP application form to our Preservation Planners for review, comment and forwarding to the HPC for consideration. Some historic districts have Local Advisory Panels (groups of volunteer citizens) that assist the HPC by reviewing HAWP applications and forwarding comments for the public record.

Once your application has been scheduled for review by the HPC at a public meeting, you will be notified by mail of the scheduled meeting date, time, and location. Typically, HPC public meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. You are expected to attend on the evening that your application is under consideration. Meetings are held in the first floor Auditorium at the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission building at 8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland.

Proceed to Step 5 to learn what happens to your HAWP application after consideration by the HPC.