The City of St. Augustine has created Historic Preservation (HP) Zoning Districts (PDF) to enhance and preserve significant historic buildings, objects, sites, and structures as well as important cultural resources. These districts serve to protect our architectural legacy, cultural heritage and built environment through education, planning, and implementation of architectural guidelines.
The city has five HP districts. Within these districts are institutional, commercial, and residential properties that range in age from the Spanish and British periods to the 20th and 21st century. Alterations to and demolition of buildings and sites within these districts require approval by the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB).