Learn About Historic Preservation in Ozark

Ozark Historic Preservation Commission
Christan County Court House Function of OHPC:
To promote the protection and enhancement of buildings, structures, or land of special historic, aesthetic, or architectural significance in the interest of promoting the educational, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the City of Ozark.

Meeting Schedule
Second Monday of the Month, 7 p.m.

Ozark City Hall
205 N 1st Street
Ozark, MO 65721

What is the Ozark Historic Preservation Commission (OHPC) and What Does It Do?
The OHPC is authorized through City Ordinance 420.010 to promote protection of buildings, structures, and landscapers that are deemed aesthetically or architecturally significant in the interest of promoting the educational, cultural, and general welfare of the City.

This is accomplished in a number of ways, as listed in the ordinance, but one of the most notable ways is by identifying some of the most historically significant properties and districts in Ozark and listing them on the local Ozark Register of Historic Places. OHPC also assisted in the designation of the Ozark Courthouse Square National Register District.

Why is Preservation in Ozark Important?
  • Safeguarding the City's historic, aesthetic and cultural heritage
  • Providing a mechanism to identify and preserve the distinctive archaeological, historical, and architectural characteristics of Ozark which represent elements of the city's cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history
  • Fostering civic pride in the beauty and noble accomplishments of the past as represented in Ozark landmarks and historic districts
  • Conserving and improving the value of property or areas designated as landmarks or within historic districts
  • Protecting and enhancing the attractiveness of the City to home buyers, tourists, visitors, and shoppers; and thereby supporting and promoting business, commerce, industry and providing economic benefit to the City
  • Fostering and encouraging preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of structures, areas and neighborhoods
Standards & Guidelines
The OHPC follows the tenets of the U.S. Secretary of Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. (Ozark Design Standards and Guidelines) in their review of COA applications (Certificate of Appropriateness) However, following are additional Design Guidelines written for the City of Ozark.

How Do I Get My Property Listed on the Local Register of Historic Places?

By downloading an application online or pick 1 up at the Planning and Zoning Office at City Hall. OHPC members or staff can answer questions you may have about filling out the application, or refer to the guidance publication used to evaluate the historical significance and integrity of properties.

Why Should I List My Property On the Local Register of Historic Places?
Having your property listed on the local register signifies and fosters civic pride in the cultural distinctiveness of our town, furthering our attractiveness to visitors, prospective home buyers, and customers of local businesses. Nationally, the property values of buildings listed under the protection of local designation are stabilized or, more often increase in value even in an economic downturn.

How Do I Know if a Property is on the Local Register of Historic Places or in a Historic District?
The City of Ozark has created a historic properties and districts map that lists historic properties located within the historic district. This map can also be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Department at City Hall, 205 North 1st Street, Ozark MO.

Certificate of Appropriateness
The City ordinance mandates review of exterior alterations in order to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). The application for a COA can be obtained from Planning and Zoning Department in City Hall or here. Important to note is that even if a building permit is not required for a proposed project, a COA is always required for exterior alterations on properties on the local Register of Historic Places or properties located within a historic district.