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Homes in the Boston-Edison Historic District are protected by the City's historic district ordinances and R-1 Zoning. The value of our homes depends partly on how well we preserve the historic architectural character of the neighborhood as well as preserve the single family residential designation. The Historic Boston-Edison Association, through its Zoning committee, works to promote compliance with historic and zoning ordinances through educational efforts, working with various city and county departments, and through legal action when required.

Detroit Historic District Information:

Historic Distric Commission handout (pdf): A quick guide to the HDC

Introduction and Application Requirements (pdf): A brochure from the HDC covering historic districts, changes requiring review, and the review process.

Introduction to Detroit Historic Districts: The HDC, its role, and the benefits of historic districts.

Detroit HDC Guidelines: Exterior work on homes in the District must be approved by the HDC. Here's how to do it right.

Detroit HDC FAQ: Frequently asked questions about the Detroit HDC and their regulations.

Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation: Standards and guidelines for rehabilitation from the US Secretary of the Interior.

City Zoning & Property Ordinances:

Detroit Zoning and Land Use Information: Detroit zoning maps and classifications, as well as the Detroit Zoning Ordinance.

Rental Property Inspections, Requirements and Responsibilities: Fact sheet from the city spelling out requirements for maintaining rental properties.

Vacant Property Registration Ordinance: Fact sheet from the city spelling out requirements for maintaining vacant properties.

Department of Administrative Hearings: Citizen Guide(pdf): Information on Blight Violations: What they are, how they are issued, and how to respond. More information is at the city's Blight Court website.

Home Occupations and Offices: R-1 zoning prohibits homes from being used as a place of business, but does allow small home offices.

Restrictions on Parking: R-1 zoning limits what types of vehicles are allowed in the neighborhood and where they can be parked.

Historic Preservation Resources:

Information and guides: Detailed information, guides, and links for specific restoration projects.

Historical Architectual Work: An essay and information on historical renovation.

Old House Journal: A bit about The Old House Journal: the best source of information for historical renovation and preservation projects.

Contractor List: List of contractors used by neighbors who participated in the latest HBEA Home Preservation Fair. HBEA does not endorse or guarantee their work or the work of any other contractor.


Forms from BSE&ED: The Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department has their forms accessible online. The department also has information on property maintenance requirements online.

Building Permit Application: Application for Building Permit for additions, alterations or repairs to your house.

Demolition Permit Application: Application for permit to dismantle or move buildings or structures.

Application For Registration of Rental Housing: Rental property in the city of Detroit must be registered; here's the form to do so (pdf format).

Application for Vacant Property Registration: Registering vacant property with the city (pdf format).

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