HP Zoned Neighborhoods

Did you know that Tulsa neighborhoods are given HP Zoning only at the request of the neighborhood residents?

To date, seven historic Tulsa neighborhoods and sites have requested historic preservation zoning. The process includes a great deal of citizen involvement — the neighborhood residents themselves develop the design guidelines that the TPC uses to make decisions within their particular neighborhood. Guidelines are written with the help of the TPC and adopted by the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and Tulsa City Council.

The following neighborhoods have requested and received Historic Preservation Zoning, which was approved by the Mayor of Tulsa on the date listed:

Brady Heights                                                                December 20, 1999

Council Oak Tree Site                                                  January 31, 1992

Gillette                                                                             March 24, 1989

North Maple Ridge                                                       April 12, 1993

Swan Lake                                                                       February 14, 1994 

Yorktown                                                                        August 14, 1995

Elmwood, the Patrick J. Hurley Mansion                October 22, 2015

Adoption of historic preservation zoning reflects the desire of neighborhood residents to preserve the unique character of the place where they live — to protect their investment from inappropriate new construction and alterations. There are many benefits realized from these efforts, not the least of which is a positive impact on property values.

The primary regulation of HP zoned neighborhoods is the Historic Preservation (HP) Permit process administered by the Tulsa Preservation Commission. Its purpose is to review improvements before they occur to help owners improve their properties within the design guidelines developed by each neighborhood.

The HP Permit process is mandatory. Owners and residents must successfully apply for and receive a Historic Preservation Permit before making any changes or repairs to the exterior of their properties located within a historic preservation zoned neighborhood even if a Building Permit is not required.