What is the Historic Preservation Board?

The Village of Pittsford has a distinctive architectural charm. Therefore, in 1971, the Trustees of the Village, recognizing this, established the Historic and Architectural Design District, which includes the entire Village, and passed local ordinances to protect and preserve this District.

 When was the HPB established?

The Historic Preservation Board held its first meeting on May 29, 1980. Prior to this time, there was a Preservations Advisory Board, created in the 1970's.

 I have obtained HPB approval for my project, but I want to modify my plans. Do I need to reapply?

Yes, because changes to approved projects require prior HPB approval before they can be incorporated into your project.

 Is my home considered "historic"?

The entire village has been designated a historic district therefore, specific criteria is adhered to regarding exterior property improvements.

 What are the "Building Design Guidelines"?

Careful stewardship of the village's historic buildings contributes greatly to the community's appeal and charm, residents' quality of life, and the village's economic vitality. Since 1971, design review in the Village Historic District has allowed change while protecting the village's historic character. To assist resident, property owners, and business people with identification of preservation priorities, technical questions, and navigation of the design review process, the Village has published the "Building Design Guidelines".