How are properties surveyed?

In general, surveys usually begin at the reconnaissance level. After additional research and identification of property types, a smaller number of properties are selected for time-and-research-heavy intensive surveys.

  • Reconnaissance surveys (aka “windshield surveys”) document the physical qualities of the historic resource with a description of the resource, photographs, and documentation of the building’s age. No formal evaluation as to a building's significance, integrity, or eligibility to local, state, or national registers is completed.
  • Intensive surveys require more intensive research and documentation of a property by including an assessment of the building’s historic context, significance, construction history, integrity, and eligibility for local, State, or National listing. Evaluation can apply either to individual properties or to properties within the context of a Historic District.

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1. What is a historic resource?
2. How does Broomfield define a "historic" property?
3. How does Broomfield's Historic Landmark Board fit within National and State preservation services?
4. What is a Historic Resources Survey?
5. What is the purpose of conducting a Historic Resources Survey?
6. How are properties surveyed?
7. How will inclusion in a survey benefit property owners?
8. Are property owners charged for survey work?
9. Will inclusion in a survey restrict my property rights?
10. What is a designated historic landmark?
11. How does a property become a designated historic landmark?
12. Does my property qualify for historic landmark designation?
13. Does historic landmark designation restrict what I can do with my property?
14. What is a historic district?
15. Why would a neighborhood want to become a local historic district?
16. How am I affected if my home is in a local historic district and I want to complete work on my home?
17. If my home is within a local district but is not a 'historic' building, are changes I want to make to my home subject to review?
18. If my neighborhood is proposed for a local historic district designation, do I have any say in whether or not it is established?
19. My town looks fine the way it is - what is the value in having a historic district?