Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation This Place Matters
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our mission is to help protect and preserve Oakland County's rich historic and cultural resources through awareness, proper technical assistance and sustainability practice.

Where can you trace the paths of glaciers 10,000 years ago; walk the trails Native Americans created 3000 years ago; explore early hamlets that time forgot; horseback into Main Street centers; visit the magnificence mansions of the roaring 20's; experience Mid-Century Modern and Doo Wop architecture of the originators; cruise Woodward with the muscle cars; share comfort food in a rehabilitated auto repair garage? Oakland County; it's our history, and we're not through making it.


The Planning Division provides a range of historic preservation services and trainings to local governments, non-profits, and property owners.  Services include design and technical assistance for historic properties, heritage sites, and Main Street businesses.

From hands-on workshops to presentations, Oakland County staff and partner organizations can create a program that is tailored to the needs of your community or organization.​​​​

  • Conceptual Design Guidelines and Review
  • Conditions Assessment
  • Conferences
  • Grant Alerts
  • Material Conservation Recommendations
  • Planning and Design
  • Presentations

  • ​Preservation Master Planning
  • Program and Project Assistance
  • Public Lectures
  • Redevelopment and Preservation Assistance 
  • Technical Assistance
  • Training
  • Workshops


The Planning Division is dedicated to sharing, protecting, and celebrating the places that make our Oakland County communities special.

​Annual Heritage Conference

The Heritage Conference encompasses all of Oakland County's planning services from environmental stewardship and trails to historic preservation.​​

Contact us for more information about our Heritage Preservation Program and how we might help you in preserving your (our) heritage.​