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Historic Area Work Permits (HAWP)

The process of obtaining a Historic Area Work Permit (HAWP) is not intended to be cumbersome or to create a significant delay in commencing work on your historic property. Preservation Planners employed by the Historic Preservation Office are happy to answer any questions you may have, and the Montgomery County Historic Preservation Commission works swiftly to review applications in a process that does not exceed 45 days.

Instructions for filing a HAWP Application (pdf)
Historic Area Work Permit Application (pdf)

If you need additional guidance on applying for a Historic Area Work Permit, you may move through our Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a HAWP. Please feel free to contact our office at 301-563-3400 if we can be of assistance to you.

Step-by-Step Guide to Applying for a HAWP
Step 1 Does your property require a Historic Area Work Permit?
Step 2 Does your proposed work require a Historic Area Work Permit?
Step 3 Filing the Historic Area Work Permit Application Form
Step 4 Consideration of your application by the Historic Preservation Commission
Step 5 Post-consideration

REMINDER: Many local government offices may need to review your proposed changes before you apply for a HAWP including, but not limited to, Brookeville, Chevy Chase Village, Garrett Park, Kensington, and Takoma Park. If applicable, please check with your municipality before applying for a HAWP.