What are M-NCPPC’s responsibilities?
M-NCPPC is responsible for monitoring and enforcing the restrictions specified in the easement. Annually, M-NCPPC historic preservation staff will inspect the property (usually with the property owner) to determine that the property remains in the condition prescribed at the time of the easement. This visit also keeps M-NCPPC and the property owner in regular communication and provides an opportunity for M-NCPPC staff to provide technical assistance to owners. If monitoring reveals the easement has been violated, M-NCPPC has the legal obligation to require that the owner correct the violation and restore the property to its original condition.

Holding a preservation easement is a significant
responsibility. M-NCPPC, as a federally qualified easement donee, has the professional resources to carry out this responsibility and has made a commitment to assist with the preservation of the property. The technical advice and assistance of M-NCPPC staff will be made available to the property owner. The professional staff can provide information on preservation techniques, consultants, contractors, and other professionals experienced in working with historic buildings and can answer questions on an individual basis. Staff members will meet with the property owner on site to discuss concerns and provide advice on the most appropriate treatment for the property. Unlike many easement holders, M-NCPPC does not ask the property owner to make a contribution toward the costs of monitoring the
easement in perpetuity.

For more information, please call Historic Preservation at 301-952-3520.

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1. What is a preservation easement?
2. Who is required to grant an easement to the M-NCPPC?
3. What are M-NCPPC’s responsibilities?
4. How long does an easement last?
5. Why grant a preservation easement ?
6. What are the benefits to the general public in the award of historic property grants to individual owners?
7. How does an easement work?
8. What changes are allowed to my historic property?
9. Does the preservation easement take precedence over the county preservation ordinance?
10. Are we talking about the entire house and property?
11. Will the easement cover interior features as well as the exterior of the property?
12. How is the easement applicable if I use the grant award to purchase a historic property?
13. What is the financial value of the easement and how is it determined?
14. What document does a pro perty owner file to obtain the federal tax benefit?
15. What are my out-of-pocket costs in donating an easement?
16. What are the legal and real estate implications?
17. Are easements a well-proven idea?
18. What are the benefits of granting an easement?
19. Do typical non-cash charitable contributions rules apply to the donation of a preservation easement?
20. Must an easement require some type of public access?
21. What are the basic tax code requirements for an easement?