The Historic Preservation Board exists for the purpose of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the distinctive and unique character of buildings and sites within the City of Lima that have historic, architectural, or archaeological significance.
The board establishes a partnership between the local government and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a division of the Ohio History Connection, which seeks to encourage and expand local involvement in preservation issues.
The Historic Preservation Board has the power to permit, by approval of the application of any property owner, the demolition, construction, preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of any home, commercial establishment, or other structure that has been designated as an Historic Structure or is located in an Historic District, or new construction located within an Historic District. In addition, the Historic Preservation Board proposes and makes recommendations for the designation of Historic Properties and areas to be designated as Historic Districts.
Any property owners wishing to seek historic designation should complete the Application for Historic Designation and return the completed application to the City of Lima's Department of Housing and Neighborhoods.