The City Of Paris has a total of 17 Distinctive Historic Districts. Two are collective districts and include 1. Downtown Commercial Historic District est: June, 2003; 2. Church Street Historic District est: August, 2004. There are 15 individual stand alone districts across the city.
Paris City Council established the Historic Preservation Ordinance in June 2002 Its purpose was to:
(a) Protect and enhance the districts and landmarks which represent distinctive elements of Paris's historic, architectural, and cultural heritage;(b) Foster civic pride in accomplishments of the past;
(c) Protect and enhance Paris's attractiveness to visitors and the support and stimulus to the economy thereby provided;
(d) Insure the orderly, efficient, and appropriate growth and development of Paris;
(e) Promote economic stability and prosperity of the community by encouraging the most appropriate use of such significant property in Paris; and
(f) Stabilize and improve property values
The Historic Preservation Commission consists of seven (7) members and is comprised of an:
• Architect, planner or design professional
• Member of the Main Street Board
• Owner of or resident or tenant in a landmark property or property in a historic district
• Member of a local historical society
• Three at large members
It is our goal here at the City of Paris to support and nurture all who live and work in the Historic District. Providing help and technical advice to individuals as they protect, preserve and promote their properties.
National Parks Service Preservation Briefs these are guidelines on several topics and handy references for restoration or renovation.
Design Standards in Historic Districts (PDF) Adopted June 11, 2018, ordinance #2018-16
- Certificate of Appropriateness Application (PDF)
- Minor Certificate of Appropriateness ( can be approved in house) (PDF)
- Commercial District Facade Grant Application (PDF)
- Tax Exemption Application (PDF)
- Tax Exemption Application, New Residential Construction (PDF)
- Tax Exemption Application, Rehabilitation (PDF)
- Information on Federal Tax Credits