The Anniston Historic Preservation Commission’s ordinance and bylaws mandate promotion of the educational, economic, cultural and general welfare of the City through the preservation and protection of buildings, sites, structures, areas and districts of historic significance and interest.
There are four (4) Historic Districts in Anniston. They are as follows:
This Commission helps to facilitate a system for the designation, protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic properties in historic districts, and to participate in federal and state programs created and designed to achieve the same goals in the City. The AHPC has many functions such as recommending to the City Council specific places, districts, sites, buildings, structures or objects to be designated as historic properties or districts. The AHPC is authorized to develop and conduct educational programs on historic properties located within the city and on general historic preservation activities. The Commission is comprised of nine (9) members who are all appointed by the City Council.
The Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 8:30 a.m. at the Anniston City Meeting Center (1615 Noble Street, Anniston, AL 36201).
To view the Design Guidelines for the historic districts mentioned above, please follow these links:
In addition to the guidelines above, please be sure to take note of the Historic Paint Color Palette, which lists all approved paint colors for buildings in our historic districts.
A Certificate of Appropriateness or COA, is a permit that is required for: Additions, Alterations, Rehabilitations, Restorations, and/or Relocations that take place in Anniston’s Historic Districts.
The Building & Safety Division Administrative Assistant will assist citizens in filling out their COA’s, as well as handle any questions regarding COA’s at: 256-231-7720.
Please note however, if your work is “Preventative Maintenance,” such as repairing a leaking roof or some other type of regular and/or routine maintenance of equipment and/or assets, in order to keep them running or structurally safe, then a COA may not be required. To ensure if your project qualifies as Preventative Maintenance, please contact at: 256-231-7720.
The Alabama Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit is a 25% refundable tax credit available for private homeowners and owners of commercial properties who substantially rehabilitate historic properties that are listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and are 60 years old or older. You may download the application by clicking the button above.
The tax credit provides jobs, increases the tax base, and revitalizes existing buildings and infrastructure, while preserving and rehabilitating Alabama’s historic properties. For more information, visit the state’s website here.
A 20% Federal income tax credit is available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings that are determined by the Secretary of the Interior, through the National Park Service, to be “certified historic structures.” You may download the application by clicking the button above. Please note, you may combine the state and federal historic tax credits, the application process is very similar for both.
The State Historic Preservation Offices and the National Park Service review the rehabilitation work to ensure that it complies with the Secretary’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Internal Revenue Service defines qualified rehabilitation expenses on which the credit may be taken. Owner-occupied residential properties do not qualify for the federal rehabilitation tax credit. Learn more about this credit before you apply.
Each year, Technical Preservation Services approves approximately 1200 projects, leveraging nearly $6 billion annually in private investment in the rehabilitation of historic buildings across the country. Learn more about this credit in Historic Preservation Tax Incentives.
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