Historic Preservation Resources

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Historic landmark commission Agendas/information

The Historic Preservation division reviews exterior modifications and repairs to properties located inside local historic districts and those properties designated as local historic landmarks. All proposed work must be approved through a Certificate of Alteration (COA) issued by the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) or the Historic Preservation Officer.  

Current HLC Schedule of Meetings/Application Deadlines


If you have any questions or need assistance with applications, please contact Historic Preservation Officer Katie Totman at KTotman@newbraunfels.gov or 830-221-4086.

Design Review subcommittee

In 2021 the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) formed a Design Review Committee to assist applicants with the design of their projects prior to application submittal. Design Review Meetings give applicants the opportunity to meet with staff and members of the HLC to ensure that projects meet the requirements found in Chapter 66 Historic Preservation. 

Meetings are offered on the last Tuesday of every month between the hours of 3pm and 5pm.  Please submit your request no later than the Wednesday before the scheduled meeting.

Request a Design Review Meeting

  1. Certificate of Alteration
  2. Historic Landmark Designation
  3. Tax Relief Application
  4. Demolition Review

Certificate of Alteration

A Certificate of Alteration (COA) is required prior to any work or projects impacting the exterior of designated local landmarks or any property located within a historic district. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Exterior building repairs including in kind maintenance such as painting, roof replacement, foundation work, etc.
  • Exterior alterations to existing structures 
  • New construction and additions
  • Site improvements such as landscape changes, hardscaping, driveways, or sidewalks/walkways
  • New or replacement building signage
  • Demolition of a landmark or building located in a historic district

Minor alterations to historic landmarks and historic district properties may qualify for administrative review, meaning that the application does not require a public hearing and the applicant does not have to appear before the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC).  Applications may be submitted through the City of New Braunfels Permit Portal.  

Benefits & Incentives

  1. Local Historic District Tax Relief
  2. Rehabilitation Tax Relief
  3. State & Federal Tax Credits

Local Historic District Tax Relief

All properties located in designated local historic landmark districts are eligible to receive a 20% reduction in their City's assessed ad valorem taxes. Property owners in these districts must apply for this benefit annually by April 1st by filing the appropriate paperwork directly with the Comal Appraisal District.  To apply, applicants should complete the Application for Historic or Archeological Site Tax Exemption and submit a copy of the accompanying ordinance.  The enabling ordinances for each district can be found below.  


Are you curious about the history of your property? City of New Braunfels staff can help! To submit a request, please email Katie Totman at KTotman@newbraunfels.gov. With your request please include the property address and a current picture of the front if available. Staff will work to establish a build date, who may have lived at and were associated with the property, and provide an architectural description. Research can take up to 30 days depending on the complexity of the property. 

If the property meets historic landmark criteria staff will also include that information and we're happy to share more information about that process if interested.

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