Guidelines

Welcome to the historic preservation design guidelines for West Palm Beach. Here you will find the history and unique characteristics of our districts as well as guidance of how to rehabilitate your structure. In general it is important to keep in mind to retain original features and make sure new ones are compatible with the old, yet distinguishable as new. Only exterior alterations are reviewed. Any questions just give us a call or end us an e-mail, we are here to help!

New Construction and Additions Chapter for the Historic Design Guidelines Handbook

  1. Belair Historic District
  2. Central Park Historic District
  3. El Cid Historic District
  4. Flamingo Park Historic District
  5. Grandview Heights Historic District
  6. Mango Promenade Historic District
  7. Northwood Harbor Historic District
  8. Northwood Hills Historic District
  9. West Northwood Historic District
  10. Northboro Park Historic District
  11. Northwest Historic District
  12. Old Northwood Historic District
  13. Prospect/Southland Park Historic District

HISTORIC PRESERVATION A DESIGN GUIDELINES HANDBOOK

  • INTRODUCTION
  • HISTORIC PRESERVATION PROGRAM
    – Historic Preservation Board
    – Historic Preservation Division
    – Ad Valorem
    – Tax Exemption Program
    – Transfer of Development
    – Rights Program
    – Signage Programs for Historic Districs And Structures
    – The Florida Historical Marker Program
  • REGISTERS OF HISTORIC PLACES
    – National Register of Historic Places
    – West Palm Beach Register of Historic Places
  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF WEST PALM BEACH
    – Early Settlement Period 1884-1902
    – Period of Civic Development 1903- 1919
    – Land Boom Period 1920-1928
    – The Great Depression Era 1929-1940
    – World War II and Post War Period 1941- 1947
    – 1948 To The Present
  • ARCHITECTURAL STYLES
    – Vernacular Architecture
    – Architectural Styles
  • WEST PALM BEACH ARCHITECTS
  • REVIEW PROCESS
    – Levels of Review & Approval Matrix
    – Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
  • DESIGN GUIDELINES
    – Additions
    – Relocations
    – New Construction
    – Demolition
    – Exterior Fabric
    – Paint
    – Roofs and Roof Surfaces
    – Chimneys and Dormers
    – Windows
    – Awnings
    – Shutters
    – Doors and Entrances
    – Porches
    – Architectural Details
    – Garages and Porte Cocheres
    – Driveways
    – Foundations
    – Walls and Fences
    – Substitute Materials
    – Landscaping
    – Modern Equipment
    – Signage
    – Commercial Buildings
    – Health and Safety
  • APPENDIX
    – How To Find Information About Your House
    – Helpful Websites
    – Glossary
    – Bibliography