Historic Preservation

The City of Nacogdoches has five National Register Historic Districts, as well as several properties that are individually designated as historic properties. Properties located in any of these five historic districts are eligible for an annual Historic Restoration Grant for work done on the exterior of the property and are eligible for the Historic Preservation Award.

If you own a property located inside a historic district, or if your property is individually designated as a historic property and you would like to restore, renovate or repair any part of the exterior of the building, you must first obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). COA forms are also available through the Historic Preservation Office. COAs are reviewed by the Historic Landmark Preservation Committee (HLPC) at their meetings on the 1st Monday of the month in City Council Chambers.

 The 2024 Historic Restoration Grant (HRG) Application will open in September! This grant is open to anyone who owns a property in a historic district or has a property that is individually designated as historic. 

If you would like more information on Historic Preservation, or if you live in one of these districts, please read Chapter 50 of the Nacogdoches City Ordinance for laws that pertain to your property.

The City of Nacogdoches Historic Survey is an opportunity for the local government, home owners, and researchers to access up-to-date information about the historic structures of Nacogdoches. The survey was conducted first in 1986, again in 1992 and most recently in 2010. To see the maps, documents, photos and the completed survey, visit this site:


Our staff is always happy to talk to property owners, or potential property owners, about properties under historic overlay. Please contact the Historic Preservation Officer with any questions:

Brian W. Bray

Historic Preservation Officer (HPO)