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The Architectural Review Committee
The Commission for Historic & Architectural Preservation
To preserve the historic character and excellent architectural details of our neighborhood, Bolton Hill was designated a Baltimore City historic district in 1967.  As a local historic district, the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) and the neighborhood Architectural Review Committee reviews all changes to the exterior of buildings, including paint colors, windows, doors, lighting, additions, fencing, landscaping etc. 
GUIDELINES for rehabilitating buildings in local historic districts:
CHAP has also developed special policies for SIGNS and AWNINGS:
How to OBTAIN APPROVAL for Exterior Changes to Your Property in Bolton Hill
Property owners can make application for exterior improvements to the Architectural Review Committee by following these steps:
Prior to making any changes, property owners must fill out a CHAP Notice to Proceed Application: CLICK HERE
Exterior photos must accompany the application.  Also, please contact the Bolton Hill Architectural Review Committee by e-mail at
> The committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month to review plans.  Property owners are welcomed and encouraged to attend.  Approved applications are forwarded to CHAP.  Minor changes that comply with the guidelines can be approved between regular committee meetings.
> CHAP then issues a Notice to Proceed, enabling the property owner to obtain a building permit and undertake the improvements.  Exterior painting does not require a building permit unless scaffolding is used, but CHAP and the Bolton Hill Architectural Review Committee must approve all paint colors.
>>> If an owner does work without first obtaining a Notice to Proceed and a permit, he or she will be subject to housing code violations and fines.
Historic Preservation Tax Credits
A certified rehabilitation may qualify for a property tax freeze:

and/or state income tax credits from the Maryland Historical Trust:
Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
Baltimore City's Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) has helped to preserve our City's historic neighborhoods and sites since 1964. Over 7,000 buildings have been designated by CHAP as either local landmarks or part of a local historic district, making the Baltimore City preservation program the most encompassing one in Maryland!

Call CHAP > 410.396.4866

CLICK HERE for an overview of CHAP

CLICK HERE for information on Protecting Baltimore's Heritage

Additional information on CHAP can be found at:
Also of interest:
Baltimore Heritage
Maryland Historical Society
National Register of Historic Places
Midtown Development Corp.

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