The City is currently developing a Preservation Plan that will establish policies and goals of the City's historic preservation program. Information regarding this effort can be found here.
The City of Corvallis has had a historic preservation program since 1982 (Ordinance 82-100). The City meets the requirements for a Certified Local Government according to guidelines set by the State Historic Preservation Office.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION MONTH
Historic Preservation Month takes place each May and includes a full slate of events and tours throughout the Corvallis community. More information about past Historic Preservation Month activities can be found here.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION REGULATIONS
The City’s historic preservation regulations are located in Chapter 2.9 of the Land Development Code. These regulations apply to proposed alterations, new construction, reclassifications, and/or demolitions of properties located on the Corvallis Register of Historic Landmarks and Districts (Local Register), and/or the National Register of Historic Places.
WHERE DO THE CITY'S HISTORIC PRESERVATION REGULATIONS APPLY?
The City's historic preservation provisions in Chapter 2.9 of the Land Development Code apply to designated historic resources, which are either individually listed, or located within one of three historic districts. Visit our Maps and Other Resources page to confirm whether or not any particular property is affected.
The City has three National Register Historic Districts, Avery-Helm, College Hill West, and Oregon State University. Through its delegated authority, the City evaluates historic preservation permit requests relating to properties in these Districts.
HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION
In accordance with Chapter 2.9, most historic preservation permits are evaluated by the Historic Resources Commission (HRC). The HRC is a volunteer board for the City of Corvallis charged with the responsibility to evaluate permit requests and, in general, to act as the City’s authority on historic preservation.
If you have any questions about the City’s historic preservation program, contact the Planning Division.
Visit our Corvallis History pages for a written, illustrative, and photographic narrative of the history of Corvallis.