Historic District Commission


  • 4:00 pm
  • First Wednesday of each month
  • Council Chambers
    City Hall
    70 Maple St.
    Manistee, MI 49660


  • Ron Hemboldt
  • Lee Trucks
  • Dennis Otto
  • vacancy
  • Thad N. Taylor
  • Kathryn Kenny
  • Angie Quinn

Historic District Commission Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available the Friday before the scheduled meeting.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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The Historic District Commission is charged with overseeing the city’s historic district. The establishment of the Historic District allows property owners with contributing properties the opportunity to apply for tax credits. 

All properties within the Manistee Commercial Historic District must receive approval from the Historic District Commission for additions, any alterations to the exterior of their building, change in paint color and signage. Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness must be submitted no less than 10 days prior to a regularly scheduled Historic District Commission meeting. Meetings are open to the public. Requests for the Historic District Commission are processed in the Planning and Zoning Department at City Hall. 

The Historic District was established under Chapter 1280 of the Codified Ordinances and the Historic District Commission was established under Chapter 257 of the Codified Ordinances.

Historic District Commission By Laws

Historical Building Plaques

The Historic District Commission is developing Building Plaques for each building in the Manistee Commercial Historic District. As new pages are developed links will be added to the document. Please check back for updates!

Applications and Useful Documents

National Park Services - Preservation Briefs 

The National Park Services Preservation Briefs provide guidance on preserving, rehabilitating and restoring historic buildings.  These publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work and recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character.  


State of Michigan Historic Preservation Office (Historic Tax Credits) 

If you have a contributing property in the historic district and want to apply for tax credits for a Rehabilitation Project you must first contact the State of Michigan Historic Preservation Office at (517) 337-1630 The Local Historic District Commission does NOT grant or approve tax credits.