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Is my property historic?

The word "historic" is often used to describe homes and buildings, but it can mean several different things:

A property may be called historic if it is listed in the 2001 survey Survey Results By Address (2001 Survey) which is located on this website. Properties in this list meet basic criteria for historic significance, and have been offically documented in the City of Bloomington Historic Sites and Structures Inventory. If the property is identified as outstanding, notable, or contributing in the inventory, then it may mean it is required to go through demolition delay when complete or partial demolition is proposed Demolition Delay. A good overview of the survey process, criteria for selection and the meaning of the classifications are also located on this website:

Bloomington Historical Survey Results

Explanations and Classifications

What does it mean to me?

Usually someone who inquires about the nature of their historic house wants to find out the actual regulations that apply. A property that is locally designated Local Historic Districts goes through the most strict review by the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission when exterior changes are proposed. In Bloomington, there are also Conservation Districts Conservation Districts which have a lesser degree of review including only the the activites of demoliton, new construction and moving principal structures. In both Historic and Conservation District a Certificate of Appropriateness Certificates of Appropriateness is required to make certain changes in the exterior of the property.

Caring for Historic Properties

How to paint your historic home

Your Historic Windows

Research Your Home (PDF 488.82 KB)

What Local Designation Means (PDF 748.34 KB)

Local Designation


The intent of local historic designation is to preserve the property in perpetuity. After a property is placed in the local register of historic districts, all exterior changes are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission. This is to protect the property from inappropriate changes that harm its historic character. Even when an owner sells a designated property, it maintains its historic status. A designated property cannot be demolished without either the approval of the Historic Preservation Commission or by the owner proving that it cannot earn a reasonable return on its value.

Benefits to Property Owners

Find properties locally designated

Find properties in the 2001 Bloomington History Survey that have been designated "BHD" for Bloomington Historic District. Search the survey

How to apply

Find out more about the application process

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Designation in a Conservation District

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Conservation districts offer a less restrictive alternative to full local historic districts in which all exterior changes are reviewed by the Commission. A Conservation District is intended to slow radical change in a neighborhood by reviewing only major events like demolition and new construction.

In comparison, a historic district regulates all exterior changes and best serves districts with high architectural integrity. Often a Conservation District is appropriate when there is significant development pressure or when the inventory of buildings to be protected is historic but not individually of high or unique architectural value.

Benefits to property owners

Find properties within a conservation district

Application Process

Individual residents do not apply to create a conservation district. Learn more about the benefits of conservation districts. or how a neighborhood can apply to become a conservation district

Designation on the National or State Level



Learn about financial incentives for National or State Designated Properties

Investment Property Owners

Owner-Occupied Properties

Find properties designation on a state or national level

Find properties in the 2001 Bloomington History Survey that have been designated on a state or national level. Search the survey

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