In 1991, the City of Grapevine adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in an effort to protect the city's rich, unique architectural heritage. The ordinance created the Historic Preservation Commission and a process for designating historic districts and landmarks. The city has two local historic districts and various residential historic landmarks.
Exterior alterations to buildings and properties within these historic districts and landmarks are required to conform to recommendations found in the district's or landmark's design guidelines. The design review process for complying with these recommendations is through a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission.
Grapevine's residents and business owners enjoy the advantages of living and working in a historic neighborhood protected from inappropriate changes. By preserving and maintaining visual architectural character, the Historic Preservation Commission ensures that future generations will enjoy the benefits of Grapevine's rich architectural heritage.