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Historic Preservation Commission

Deadwood is a National Historic Landmark, and, as such, is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historic significance. Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Commission oversees efforts to protect, restore and rehabilitate these resources. Their oversight is complemented by the daily efforts from the City of Deadwood’s Historic Preservation Office.

Historic Preservation Office
Historic Preservation Commission
Planning and Zoning Office

Any changes to the exterior of a property within a locally-designated historic district, or requiring a city building permit, must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Deadwood Historic District Commission before any work can commence.  If the building is not located within a locally-designated historic district you must receive a Project Approval from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission before any work can commence. These requirements include exterior paint colors and coatings.

Requiring a Certificate of Appropriateness ensures that changes do not damage the city’s historic character. Review is not meant to discourage alterations, but to insure that they are appropriate for Deadwood. The Historic Preservation Commission uses the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as a guide when determining the appropriateness of altering historic properties. The Standards are general in character and are to be used in conjunction with the Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and Deadwood’s Downtown Design Guidelines. Each of these publications specifically outlines the various aspects of architectural design and what changes are appropriate for historic structures.

APPLICATIONS AND GUIDELINES (click for permits, licenses and forms)

We have provided all of the applications and Policy guidelines for Historic Preservation’s grant and loan programs.  (Please note, Certificate of Appropriateness and Project Approval Applications must arrive at the Historic Preservation Office by 5:00 p.m. on the 1st or 3rd Wednesday of every month to be considered at the next Historic Preservation Meeting.) Historic Preservation offers many wonderful low interest loans and many grant programs.  If you would like more information on these programs you may contact NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources at (605)578-1401 or for the application and policy guidelines click the link above!!!

We are also providing any application you may receive from the Historic Preservation Office or Planning and Zoning Office.  If you have any questions you may call (605)578-2082.


Residential Programs
Commercial Programs
Grant Programs for Not-for-Profits & Local Governments
Outside of Deadwood Grant


102 Sherman Street
Deadwood, SD 57732

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