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Historic Districts and Preservation

Historic preservation is one area of Michigan law where there were very valid original goals and policies behind adoption of the laws (based on federal law). But the actual real-world application of the law often becomes overreaching. Clients have come to TAUBMAN LAW for assistance when a local Historic District Commission has refused to approve reasonable requests for very minor modifications of buildings which would not impact their historic significance. Other times, I have helped a client when the HDC has decided that a building must not be altered at all even though its authenticity as a historic structure is highly questionable.

I have come across instances in which property owners have been ticketed for perceived infractions simply because they did not first seek permission from the HDC. While historic preservation can benefit a community, the commissions that govern it can sometimes take their responsibilities too far.

If you have questions or concerns about your rights as a homeowner in an historic district, feel free to call me so we can discuss your unique situation.

State of Michigan - Frequently Asked Questions About Local Historic Districts

State of Michigan - Manual about Historic Districts

State of Michigan - Appealing a decision made by an Historic District Commission

I have over 32 years of experience focusing on real estate, business transactions and litigation. This firm delivers quality legal services efficiently and cost effectively. Please call 248.792.3399 to speak with Richard Taubman or send me an email.

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Bingham Farms, Michigan 48025
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