What is the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)?

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is a local review agency of Princeton. HPC reviews preservation plans filed with the Office of Historic Preservation. Its purpose is to promote historic preservation, recommend designation of historic properties, and review projects for development in locally designated historic districts in Princeton. The Commission is a citizen body appointed by the governing body whose members serve without pay. Its members have a range of knowledge in:

  • Archaeology
  • Architectural history
  • Architecture
  • Cultural history
  • Landscape design

Research Materials

While the Office of Historic Preservation has on file research materials pertinent to its purpose, it does not serve as a library or research organization. This is a function served more by other organizations such as the Historical Society of Princeton, a private entity, located at the following location:
Updike Farmstead
354 Quaker Road
Princeton, NJ 08540

Show All Answers

1. What is the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)?
2. What is a preservation plan?
3. When do you need preservation plan approval?
4. What is ordinary maintenance?
5. How do you file for preservation plan approval?
6. Can I have my preservation plan approved administratively?
7. What if I want to run my ideas by the HPC?
8. Do I need a zoning permit for the work I want to do?
9. What if I want to plant a tree?
10. What if I want to paint my house?
11. What if I want to demolish a structure or part of a structure?
12. Do I need to hire professionals to present my plan to the Historic Preservation Commission?
13. What is the public hearing?
14. How do I get my plan approved?
15. What do I do if I need a zoning variance for a single family house?
16. What if my plan is not approved and I disagree with the HPC’s recommendations?
17. How does Princeton designate a historic district?