What changes are allowed to my historic property?
The preservation easement does not require that the property remain “frozen in time” but that any changes to the exterior of buildings need to be architecturally compatible with the historic and architectural character of the property. (In a few instances, additional restrictions may be required to protect important interior architectural features.) For exterior changes and additions, M-NCPPC will work with the owner to ensure that any alterations remain sympathetic to and compatible with the character of the original structure. Routine maintenance projects do not require M-NCPPC review. However, changing exterior materials (roofing, siding, windows), new additions, demolitions, and alterations to the exterior, do require approval from M-NCPPC. The easement’s restrictions on land may prohibit or limit subdivision and require that the historic or natural landscape of the property be maintained.

There are no restrictions regarding the use of the property (it may, for example, be a single or multi-family residence or a commercial, industrial, or institutional building), as long as the property is in compliance with existing zoning regulations

For more information, please call Historic Preservation at 301-952-3520.

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1. What is a preservation easement?
2. Who is required to grant an easement to the M-NCPPC?
3. What are M-NCPPC’s responsibilities?
4. How long does an easement last?
5. Why grant a preservation easement ?
6. What are the benefits to the general public in the award of historic property grants to individual owners?
7. How does an easement work?
8. What changes are allowed to my historic property?
9. Does the preservation easement take precedence over the county preservation ordinance?
10. Are we talking about the entire house and property?
11. Will the easement cover interior features as well as the exterior of the property?
12. How is the easement applicable if I use the grant award to purchase a historic property?
13. What is the financial value of the easement and how is it determined?
14. What document does a pro perty owner file to obtain the federal tax benefit?
15. What are my out-of-pocket costs in donating an easement?
16. What are the legal and real estate implications?
17. Are easements a well-proven idea?
18. What are the benefits of granting an easement?
19. Do typical non-cash charitable contributions rules apply to the donation of a preservation easement?
20. Must an easement require some type of public access?
21. What are the basic tax code requirements for an easement?