Historic Preservation

DMD's Historic Preservation staff work to:

  • Preserve historic sites and buildings
  • Promote and protect Evansville's Historic Preservation District
  • Highlight the importance in reinvesting in our historic assets


Any changes to buildings or property within the Historic Preservation District requires approval.

To obtain proper approval, you must submit the proper Certificate of Appropriateness which can be found on the Certificates of Appropriateness webpage:

  • Staff-Approved Certificate of Appropriateness application
  • Commission-Approved Certificate of Appropriateness application

Historic Preservation Commission

The Historic Preservation Commission seeks to preserve and enhance the city’s distinct aesthetic that serves as visible reminders of its historic heritage.

The Commission accomplishes this through enforcement of the city’s local Preservation Ordinance Chapter 2.106 Historic Districts.

June 6, 2018                                                                           

For Immediate Release                                                            


The Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of amending a section of the “Historic Preservation Guidelines and Procedures”, which constitute its rules and standards pursuant to EMC 2.106, and which can be found online at http://www.evansvillegov.org/egov/documents/1500468145_40638.pdf

The proposed amendment is to the section entitled “Fences, Gates, and Walls”, which begins on p. 27, as follows:

Under the subheading “Commission Approval,” delete item 5, “Removal of any fence”.

The Historic Preservation Commission will discuss this proposed amendment at its next regularly-scheduled meeting on Monday, July 2, 2018, at 5:30 p.m., in Room 307 of the Civic Center Administration Building located at 1 NW Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Evansville, Indiana, 47708.

All comments and inquiries regarding this proposed amendment should be made in writing to James Toner, Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Metropolitan Development, at jtoner@evansville.in.gov.