Downtown Guidelines

 The City of Paterson Downtown Commercial Historic District Design Guidelines (Guidelines) are intended to act as a tool to help manage, change and protect the city’s architectural and historic resources. The Guidelines provide information, guidance and regulations to assist property owners, retail tenants, design professionals, contractors, City Staff and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) with regard to making changes to historic resources in the City’s Downtown Commercial Historic District (DCHD). They are intended as a supplement to, rather than as a substitute for, consultation with architects, contractors and the HPC and its professional staff.

The Guidelines are based upon The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. It is recommended that applicants review the information in the relevant Guidelines sections and consult with the HPC office during the early stages of planning a project.

Map Downtown Commericial Historic DistrictThe DCHD Design Guidelines can be reviewed in PDF format. Click on the sections provided below:


Signs and Awnings


Architectural Metals

Masonry, Stucco & Concrete




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