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Living in a Portland Historic District: FAQ

Restore Oregon has released an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) handout to address recent statewide rules changes affecting the state’s historic places. This informational overview focuses on new National Register Historic Districts in Portland which are designated after January 2017. It highlights several questions including the following:

  • Can properties in new historic districts be demolished?
  • Are interior and exterior alterations subject to review?
  • How does National Register listing impact neighborhood density?

The FAQ also provides information on financial incentives for historic designation and defines some common historic preservation jargon.

In 2016, Restore Oregon released a FAQ handout that addressed common questions for those living in existing Portland historic districts.

Many of Portland’s historic neighborhoods are concerned about demolitions and the preservation of neighborhood character. In Portland, National Register listing is linked through local policy to zoning ordinances which provide added oversight for these important community assets.

National Register after Goal 5 Q&A

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