The Historic Preservation Review Commission (HPRC) was created by the City of Martinsburg Council to assist in the preserving buildings, structures, and sites of historical and architectural significance, within the Historic Preservation Overlay District. The Commission is compised of nine members - all residents of Berkeley County - who meet the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. to fulfill this legal charge, which includes application review for Certificates of Appropriateness.
The HPRC adheres to the guidelines found in Article X of the City of Martinsburg Zoning Ordinance, which is contained in the information packet at the City Planner's office. The Commission reviews all plans for the construction, alteration, repair, and designs, including painting, moving or demolition of structures in the Historic Preservation Overlay District.
No building or structure exposed to public view, including fences, steps and paving or other appurtenant fixtures, public or private can be constructed, altered, restored, moved or demolished within the Historic Preservation Overlay District until the commission has approved the plans and issued a Certificate of Appropriateness.
The Commission members serve only as technical advisors. While we can't actually design or plan your project for you, we can, at your request, guide you to information that may be helpful in accomplishing your goals in a historic setting, with creativity, style and common sense.
HPRC Applications are to be submitted to the City Planner's office no later than the specified deadline date posted for each month's meeting. A chart of these deadline dates is available by clicking on the Deadline Dates link below.
Applications may be filled out online and printed or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Payment and original signature are required prior to meeting.
The HPRC recommends adherence to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties for preserving, rehabilitating, restoring and reconstructing historic buildings.
- Historic Preservation Review District FAQ
- HPRC Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
- Schedule of Meetings and Deadline Dates
- At a Glance: Historic Rehabilitation Income Tax Credits
- Income Producing/Commercial Tax Credits
Both the federal and state government have established income tax credits for historic rehabilitation work done on depreciable buildings which would include commercial buildings, manufacturing and office buildings, rental residential including single family rentals, agricultural outbuildings, Bed & Breakfast use and any other depreciable usage.
- Residential Tax Credits
The 1999 West Virginia legislature approved a state income tax credit for homeowners. The Rehabilitation Investment Tax Credit Program provides a West Virginia state income tax credit for the rehabilitation of historic private residences. This is a 20% state income tax credit which is based on qualified expenditures undertaken as part of the rehabilitation to a historic private residence.
- Historic Tax Credits
- Property Owner Responsibilities
- Historic District Map