Ponchatoula boasts a vibrant historic district. The district is designated a Certified Local Government and Main Street Community in the State of Louisiana. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982; the district was expanded in 2012. The Ponchatoula Historic District Commission was established to help ensure the district retains these honorable designations.
When a building owner or tenant of a building within the historic district wants to make changes to the exterior of a building, they must apply for and obtain a certificate of appropriateness. The commission will review the application and either issue a certificate or offer advice that will help develop the project in a way that ensures the building maintains its historic listing. Applications for a certificate of appropriateness may be obtained by clicking the link below. You may also obtain an application from Main Street Manager, Charlene Daniels, at Branch Real Estate, 169 E. Pine St. or City Hall, 125 W. Hickory St.
If you own or work in a building in the historic district, or just have an interest in historic preservation and would like to volunteer to serve on the Commission, please contact one of the members listed.
The Commission is made up of 7 members, all volunteers, whose jobs are to help preserve the material culture of Downtown Ponchatoula by reviewing and commenting on changes to buildings in the district, establishing design guidelines, and providing information to property owners and tenants.
Historic District Commission meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., at Ponchatoula City Hall.
View the city events calendar for scheduled meeting dates.