Local Designation

Designation Criteria

 Vero Beach Register of Historic Places designation criteria are complementary with those established by the National Register of Historic Places.  Properties must be association with a significant event or person or have architectural, archaeological or aesthetic significance.  Designation provides aesthetic as well as economic, cultural and environmental benefits.   The City of Vero Beach City Council is authorized to allow ad valorem tax exemptions for the restoration, renovation, or rehabilitation of historic properties. History of Tax Exemption Creation

Significant Event

Properties are associated with events that have made significant contributions to the pattern of history in the community, Vero Beach, Indian River County, the state or the nation

Significant Person

Properties are associated with the lives of persons significant in Vero Beach's pas

Architectural Significance

Properties embody the distinctive characteristics of an architectural type, period, style or method of construction; or the work of a prominent designer or builder; or contains elements of design, detail, materials, or craftsmanship of outstanding quality; or that represents a significant innovation or adaptation to the South Florida environment; or represents a distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction

 Archaeological Significance

Properties have yielded, or are likely to yield information in history or prehistory; or

Aesthetic Significance

Properties are part of or related to a landscape, park, environmental feature or other distinctive area, and should be developed or preserved according to a plan based upon a historic, cultural, or architectural motif; or because of its prominent or special location, contrast of siting, age, or scale is an easily identifiable visual feature of a neighborhood or the city and contributes to the distinctive quality of such neighborhood or the city.


To apply for Local Historic Designation please download, print and submit a completed application. Local Historic Designation Application (PDF) to:

City of Vero Beach - City Hall, Planning and Development Department
1053 20th Place
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Phone Number: (772) 978-5151


For Help in researching your property, contact the Vero Beach Planning Department or refer to the Indian River County Archive Request Form  

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application are required for some exterior changes to properties on the Vero Beach Register of Historic Places

Other Resources

List of properties on the Vero Beach Register of Historic Places

Historic Properties Survey of Vero Beach 1990 

Historic Resource Survey Update of the Original Town and Osceola Park Neighborhoods 2008  

Vero Beach Historical Timeline