Historic Preservation


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Historic Districts Design Review Process

Any development or modifications to the exterior of properties within a Historic Preservation Zone (HPZ) requires design review. To apply for design review, follow the steps listed in the document below.

All applications should be submitted via Tucson Development Center Online.

City Historic Preservation staff works closely with City departments to assess, document, and appropriately treat significant historic buildings and archaeological sites affected by City projects. They provide training and information to City staff and the public about historic preservation laws, compliance procedures, rehabilitation standards, and financial incentives, and they conduct educational outreach to strengthen community appreciation of Tucson’s rich heritage and historic resources. The staff also works with the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission to review proposed exterior alterations to historic buildings, assists with National Register nominations for neighborhoods and property owners that meet certain criteria, and manages repairs and rehabilitations of City-owned historic properties.

Tucson has a long and rich multicultural history reflected in its historic built environment, archaeological resources, traditional cultural places, and historical attractions. The City of Tucson has been a partner in the Federal Historic Preservation Program as a Certified Local Government since 1990, and was designated a Preserve America Community in 2013.


Discover the archaeology and history of downtown Tucson, Court Street Cemetery, and historic Fort Lowell through recent archaeological reports, a special magazine issue, and a teacher’s guide.

City Historic Designations and Design Review

Different types of local historic designations require or encourage the preservation of Tucson’s historic assets. Design review processes ensure that alterations to historic buildings and infill development are compatible with the characters of historic neighborhoods and downtown.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions related to historic properties, National Register nominations, and how to research your historic home.

Tucson Historic Preservation Map

A Historic Preservation interactive online map with multiple layers of information, including historic district boundaries, building footprints, links to historical documentation, Historic Landmark Signs, City Historic Landmarks, and historical markers.

NOTE: Zoom in and out to view building footprints, and left-click to get information and links for each feature.

National Register Historic Designations

Tucson has many historic districts and individual properties that are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Reports and Surveys

Use these resources to get information about Tucson’s historic designations, historic architecture, and heritage destinations.

Tucson's Heritage Experiences

Explore the Old Pueblo’s rich history and multicultural heritage with online guides and visits to city-owned historic destinations.