Financial Incentives

Federal studies have indicated that the creation of a historic district can be the catalyst for significant private investment in neighborhoods. Historic designation has proven to stabilize and/or increase property values.

National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is a federal program, and all applicants go through similar application procedures.

Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation projects must meet the specific Standards for Rehabilitation to qualify as “certified rehabilitations” eligible for the rehabilitation tax credit.

Guidelines and Standards for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

The Guidelines and Standards for Rehabilitation provide a model process for owners, developers, and Federal agency managers to follow.

Programs for Designated Historic Properties

The following programs are for designated historic properties, available as funding permits:

For more information about these programs, contact Planning and Zoning at 630-256-3080.

Quotes From Property Owners

Property owners in Aurora's Historic Districts have stated:

  • "The history, beauty, and elegance of old Aurora are represented by the buildings. The energy, enthusiasm and spirit of community of contemporary Aurora are represented by the people who live in that neighborhood."
  • "I like the idea that my neighborhood will have the same character fifty years from now as it does today."
  • "My property value will be maintained or increased because of the historic designation