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City of Easton

Code Enforcement - Local Historic District

The Easton City Council passed the Local Historic District (LHD) Ordinance in August 2005 to protect and preserve Easton's historic buildings and streetscapes.

The Historic District is roughly bounded by the Delaware River, the Bushkill Creek, Sixth Street, and the Lehigh River. Both sides of Sixth Street are included within the district (see LHD map).

The Historic District Commission (HDC) is the oversight body that recommends to the City Council the approval of Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) for any exterior work within the LHD.

Owning a building in the LHD may increase your property value because the City has enacted guidelines that set higher standards for renovations.

Any exterior renovations or alterations that are visible from a street or public way require a COA.

Before you contract for work or purchase materials for a property located in the LHD it is recommended that you contact the Bureau of Codes and Inspections at (610) 250-6724 or codes@easton-pa.gov

Information (pdf documents)


  • City of Easton Historic Consultant RFP
  • 2019 HD Commission Meeting Schedule
  • Local Historic District Map
  • Local Historic District General Information
  • Easton's Architectural Heritage
  • Quick Guide Local Historic District
  • HD Guidelines for Exterior Masonry
  • HD Guidelines for Windows & Doors
  • HD Guidelines for Commercial Properties
  • HD Guidelines for New Construction & Additions
  • HD Guidelines for Signs & Awnings
  • Historic District Ordinance

    We have a new program for HD COA applications. You will need to register prior to using this new process.Click the Application Link Below to get started.


    Also, please note, requests for signs in the Historic Downtown require both a Certificate of Appropriateness from the HDC and a Zoning permit


  • Application for HD COA only ON-LINE FORM
  • Print HD Application Blank Form


  • South 5th Street




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