Historic Preservation

Preserving Our Legacy

The City of Boynton Beach is dedicated to integrating historic preservation program into the local planning review process and to increase public awareness of our community’s unique history. The focus of the program is to value American history, architecture, archeology, and culture of the community based on the establishment of historic contexts and themes. The City's Historic Resources and Preservation Board is responsible for maintaining the heritage of our locally or nationally-designated historic buildings and sites for future generations through design review and guidance.

About the Boynton Beach Historic Preservation

The City of Boynton Beach values the preservation of its cultural and historic resources, a priority shown as early as 1979 when the historic Woman’s Club was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Subsequent preservation initiatives are noteworthy, particularly the completion of the City’s Historic Site Survey in 1996 and ultimately, the adoption of a formal preservation program in 2011. The Preservation Program, in part, contributes to the educational resources available to its citizens and visitors about the city’s history, recognizes the contribution of the visual assets of the city’s history to the city’s special character and sense of community, and contributes to the economic value of the City.

A City ordinance established the main components of the preservation program, such as the Historic Resources Preservation Board, which develops and oversees program components.

Since 2012 the City’s Preservation Program has achieved Certified Local Government (CLG) status by the State of Florida’s Division of Historical Resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

Terms and Definitions (Part III Chapter 1 Article II Definitions)

HISTORIC PRESERVATION - Any definition set forth in 36 C.F.R. Part 60 (the then-current Code of Federal Regulation, as may be amended from time to time) shall be included in the definition for such term (and shall control to the extent there is a conflict of meaning), or as an additional definition, if such term is not otherwise defined:

1. ALTERATION - Any construction or change of a resource.

2. BOARD - The Boynton Beach Historic Resources Preservation Board (HRPB).

3. BOYNTON BEACH REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES - An official listing maintained by the city of all historic properties and historic districts so designated by these Regulations.

4. BUILDING(S) - A construction, such as a house, garage, church, or hotel, created principally to shelter any form of human activity.

5. CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS - A document evidencing approval by the Board or the city staff for work proposed by an applicant.

6. CERTIFICATE OF ECONOMIC HARDSHIP - A document evidencing approval by the Board of an application for economic hardship as that term is defined in these Regulations.

7. CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT (CLG) - A local government approved by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, to perform certain historic preservation functions.

8. CONTRIBUTING PROPERTY - A property that contributes to the historic significance of a historic district by location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling, and association and thus adds to the district's sense of time, place, and historical development.

9. DEMOLITION - Any act or process that partially or totally destroys a resource.

10. DESIGN GUIDELINES HANDBOOK - Document utilized by the city which illustrates examples of design features, historic styles and treatment options which preserve the historical, cultural and architectural character of a historic district or property.

11. DISTRICT - (see "Historic District" below).

12. ECONOMIC HARDSHIP - An onerous, extreme and exceptional economic burden that would be placed upon a property owner by the denial of an application for a certificate of appropriateness or by the imposition of conditions placed on the granting of such certificate.

13. EFFECT - A change in the quality of the historical, architectural, archeological or cultural significance of a property or district, or in the characteristics that qualify the property or district as historically important.

14. FLORIDA MASTER SITE FILE - An archive and database of all known archaeological and historical sites and districts recorded within the State of Florida that is maintained by the Florida Department of State Division of Historical Resources and is organized alphabetically by county and numerically, as recorded.

15. HISTORIC DISTRICT - A geographically definable area designated by the City Commission as possessing a significant concentration, linkage, or continuity of properties united historically or aesthetically by plan or physical development.

16. HISTORIC PROPERTIES - Those properties designated by the City Commission as being of historical, cultural, architectural or archaeological importance.

17. NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES - The official federal list of historic districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects significant in American history, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, archaeology, and culture. Authorized under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, and by 36 C.F.R. 60 as each may be amended from time to time, and maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

18. NON-CONTRIBUTING PROPERTY - A classification applied to a property within a historic district signifying that it does not contribute to the qualities that give the historic district cultural, historical, architectural, or archaeological significance as embodied in the criteria for designation of a district, but which because of its location within a district should follow the review procedures required by these Regulations.

19. OBJECT - A primarily artistic item closely linked to the history of the property. Said item is typically relatively small in scale and simply constructed, such as a statue, milepost, statuary, or fountain.

20. PROPERTY - Area of land containing a single historic resource or a group of resources, which may include any of a building, site, structure, object, or district.

21. RECONSTRUCTION - The process of reproducing by new construction the exact form and detail of a demolished property as it appeared at a certain point in time.

22. REHABILITATION - The process of repairing or altering a property so that an efficient, sustainable and appropriate contemporary use is achieved, while preserving those significant historical, architectural, or cultural features which establish the character of the property.

23. RELOCATION - Any change of the location of a building, structure or object from its present setting to another setting.

24. RESOURCE - A building, site, structure, object, or district that reflects historical, archaeological, or cultural significance.

25. RESTORATION - The process of accurately recovering the form and details of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time, which may involve the removal of later additions or alterations, or the replacement of missing features.

26. SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR'S STANDARDS FOR REHABILITATION - A federal document set forth in 36 C.F.R. 67, as amended from time to time, which provides guidance on the sensitive rehabilitation of a historic property.

27. SETTING - The physical environment of a property, including all landscape elements.

28. SITE - The location of an event, a prehistoric or historic occupation or activity, or a building or structure, whether standing, ruined, or vanished, where the location itself possesses historic, cultural, or archaeological value regardless of the value of any existing structure.

29. STRUCTURE(S) - A combination of materials to form a construction, generally used to distinguish from buildings those functional constructions made for purposes other than creating human shelter. (For example, a bridge, wall, fence, pond).