What restrictions are there on properties in a historic district?
Simple repair or replacement of matching materials and design, as well as minor alterations to property, can be reviewed by the historic preservation officer (HPO), during the building permit process. New construction, major alterations to the structure, or work beyond the administrative approval of the HPO must be reviewed by the Landmark Commission.

All review of work will be based on the design guidelines for historic districts in Galveston, which is available for a nominal fee through the Department of Planning and Community Development. Approval of paint colors in residential historical districts is not required.

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