Welcome to the Oaks Historic District!

We are the largest historic district in the state of Texas, with homes dating back 100+ years to Beaumont’s earliest days. We pride ourselves on the appearance, desirability, and preservation of the neighborhood, and there are a few extra precautions we take to ensure the authenticity of the area.

The District’s boundaries are Beech Street on the North, Rusk on the South, 1st Street to the East, and 11th Street on the West.

Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for all exterior changes to a structure visible from the street right-of-way. Depending on the nature of the request, some can be approved by Planning staff, however, if it is a significant modification it may require review by the Historic Landmark Commission, which meets monthly. You can see deadlines for submissions and upcoming agendas here.

A Certificate of Appropriateness is not required for any interior projects, but may be subject to a building permit.
Be sure to contact Building Codes if you have any questions.

 A Certificate of Appropriateness is designed to protect the integrity of structures within the district.

This certificate is required for most exterior alterations and repairs for structures located within the bound of The Oaks Historic District, as well as properties with a Historic Designation located within The City of Beaumont.

All exterior alterations and repairs require a Certificate of Appropriateness. All structural work will also need a building permit. Actions requiring application are the instillation or replacement of:

  • Fences
  • Paint (even repainting a property the existing color)
  • Signs
  • Pavement (driveways, walkways, bricked paths)
  • Exterior Features (windows, bricks, siding, doors, roofing, lights, etc.)
  • Demolition (including accessory structures)
  • Construction of new structures (including accessory structures and additions)

When listing a reason for request please be specific and include all details such as materials, paint colors, etc.

Please attach photos or sketches of proposed changes such as paint colors with the name of the colors. Sketches of existing windows and proposed windows, existing roof types with proposed roof types.

Lastly please be sure that your application has a valid email, address, and phone number for office staff to contact you should your application require more information.

You can apply for permits, see the full list of permits, and check permit application status on our online portal. For first-time users, you must create an account. Certificates are valid for a period of six months from the time of issuance, and the fee is $20.

No, a Certificate of Appropriateness is an approval from Planning staff to ensure integrity and preservation of structures as the home lies within the Oaks Historic District.  If required, building permits must be obtained in conjunction with an approved certificate.

The Permitting Process

Permitting is required for different types of projects – both interior and exterior. You can find a full list of applicable permits and apply for permits through our online portal.

All permit fees can be found in our Code of Ordinances, § 24.01.002: Fee schedule.

If you have any questions please call 409-880-3100 or email [email protected].

Living in the Historic Oaks District

Do you live in the Historic Oaks District, or plan to move here?

There are some things you should be mindful of when owning a home in the district.

Some things to note…
  • There may be special permitting required for certain exterior projects.
  • Exterior projects must be applied for and approved by staff or, if necessary, the Historical Landmark Commission before work begins.
  • We have an approved color palette for all exterior paint jobs to expedite approvals > Sherwin Williams America’s Heritage Exterior Color Palette. You can also view these colors at the Building Codes counter in City Hall (801 Main Street, Suite 210).


No, there is no homeowners association for the Oaks Historic District. There is a neighborhood association you can join at your own pleasure for a small yearly fee. For more information, visit their website: http://www.oakshistoricdistrict.org/

All permit fees can be found in our Code of Ordinances, § 24.01.002: Fee schedule.

If applicable, you may need a building permit. You can schedule required inspections through the Building Codes Division. You may proceed with your project once you have an approved Certificate of Appropriateness and building permit.

Have any other questions? We’re here to help!

Contact us using the form below and we will respond to you directly.

Historic District Contact Us

Contact Information

City of Beaumont – Planning Division 

(409) 880-3100

801 Main Street, Suite 201
Beaumont, TX 77701