Architectural Review Commission

Historic Preservation is extremely important to our community.  Our architectural history reveals much about Tampa's growth and the events that shaped our city.  Historic structures also reveal our past in a way that is easy to understand.  One can easily see the differences between historic and modern homes, for example, and can see that the way lives are led directs the way the homes are built.  Tampa has a rich architectural history for all of us to study and enjoy.

Design guidelines for historic districts do a number of important things.  They are foremost a communication tool between the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) and the public describing the context of the neighborhood in terms of its history and its architectural styles.  Further, they describe in some detail the building elements that are important to each architectural style in the district and suggest a variety of solutions for rehabilitation and new construction that might best preserve the neighborhood's character.  Finally, the guidelines are used along with The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation by the ARC when reviewing construction activities.

Design Guidelines

District Maps

Forms and Information

Current Agendas and Minutes

Architectural Review Board

ADA Accommodation Request

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and Florida law, the City of Tampa will provide reasonable accommodations to any person with a disability who needs an accommodation in order to attend any City of Tampa public hearing or meeting of a body, board, or magistrate acting in its official capacity on behalf of the City of Tampa. To ensure that your request for accommodation can be considered, please ensure that the City of Tampa’s ADA Coordinator receives your request at least 48 hours in advance of the scheduled public hearing or meeting by using one of the following methods to submit your request:

(a) through the City of Tampa’s online Customer Service Center using the  ADA Accommodation Request Service
(b) by phone at (813) 274-3964 
(c) by e-mail at or 
(d) by mail to the City of Tampa ADA Coordinator, 306 E. Jackson Street, 280A4N, Tampa, Florida 33602.

Please note that the City of Tampa may not be able to accommodate any request received less than 48 hours before the scheduled public hearing or meeting.