The Frederick County Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was created in 1998 and consists of 11 members and 2 alternate members who serve 3-year terms. The HPC is appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Council. Its primary focus is to review structures and sites for historic significance, review all petitions for designation to the Frederick County Register of Historic Places, and submit recommendations to the County Council. The HPC also reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness.
Commissioners must have a demonstrated special interest, specific knowledge, or professional or academic training in fields such as, but not limited to, the following: history, architectural history, archeology, curation, landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, planning, anthropology, conservation, or historic preservation.
If you are interested in being appointed to the HPC, please contact Joyce Grossnickle, Administrative Officer at 301-600-1102 or fcgboards@FrederickCountyMD.gov.
Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, 8 to 10 times per year, at 7 p.m. in the First Floor Hearing Room of Winchester Hall. Typically, the Commission does not meet in January or July. Application deadlines are 30 days prior to the meeting date. Please note that a part or all of a meeting may be conducted in closed session.
Occasionally, scheduling conflicts require that the HPC meet at a different location. If you wish to attend a meeting, please contact the Division of Planning and Permitting at 301-600-1147 to verify the date, time, and location of the meeting.
*Please note during the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, all Historic Preservation Commission meetings are being held virtually until further notice. The public is invited to watch the meetings live via Channels 19 or 1085 or streaming at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/FCGTV. Provide comment and listen to the meeting by going to this website: https://www.publicinput.com/L6440.