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Old buildings:• Are physical links to the past• Give a sense of community and personal identity• Have intrinsic value as art• Provide environmental diversity• Continue to be useful
The purpose of tax exemption is to provide additional funds for continued preservation. The Heritage Commission inspects each structure yearly to determine if they are being maintained properly. The amount of the exemption is based on two factors: 1.Whether the structure is individually designated or the structure is part of and contributes to a heritage district; and 2.Whether the structure is used solely as a residence or has a commercial use. Class A Structures (individually designated and used for residential purposes) receive 100% exemption from taxation. Class B Structures (individually designated and used for commercial purposes) receive 50% exemption. Class C Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for residential purposes) receive 75% exemption. Finally, Class D Structures (contributing to a historic district and used for commercial purposes) receive 38% exemption. These exemptions are on the value of the structure; full taxes are still paid on the land. To learn more, please view the Tax Exemption link on the Heritage Preservation page. Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
The Plano Heritage Commission protects the rights and investments of property owners and business establishments through a design review process called a Certificate of Appropriateness. By preserving and maintaining visual character, the HC ensures that future generations will enjoy the benefits of Plano’s rich architectural heritage.
Contact the Heritage Preservation Officer at 972-941-7151 for more information.
• Changing doors or windows• Changing architectural details• Adding/removing siding• Signs• Light Fixtures• New exterior paint colors• Demolition and new construction• Major landscape or pavement changes
However, routine maintenance and in-kind repairs do not require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Many simple repairs or changes may be approved by Staff. When in doubt, contact the Planning Department at 972-941-7151 or view the "Applications & Guidelines" tab on the Heritage Preservation page.
• Restrict the use to which property is put• Restrict the sale of property• Require approval of interior changes or alterations• Prevent new construction within historic areas• Require approval for ordinary maintenance or in-kind repairs