How Historic Protection Affects Waterford Houses

Simms House – Where a concern for history did not save this house

Waterford is one of Loudoun County’s six Historic District and Cultural Conservation Districts that include Aldie, Bluemont, Goose Creek, Oatlands, Taylorstown and Waterford. The County established Historic Districts to protect areas of special historic interest or value. Because historic homes in Waterford are unique, residents often think of themselves as caretakers of their houses that will continue on long after they have moved.

Property in the Waterford Historic District cannot be modified unless a Certificate of Appropriateness or permit is issued by the Historic District Review Committee (HDRC). This means that no building or structure, including fences or signs, can be erected, reconstructed, substantially altered, moved, or restored within the Waterford Historic District until an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness has been approved by the HDRC. The exception is for ordinary repairs and maintenance of an exterior feature which does not involve a significant change in design, material, or outer appearance.

Information about applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Committee can be obtained by calling the Loudoun County Planning Department, (703) 777-0246.

Permits in Historic Districts