Downtown Hammond is continuously upgraded and improving. In order to maintain our Historic feel and remain one of Hollywood's favorite filming destinations, the Hammond DDD and Hammond Historic District Commission work tirelessly to maintain Hammond's character.
If you're planning to renovate, add an addition to your property or begin new contruction, the following informaiton will help you succeed.
DDD Design Committee
The DDD Design Committee is a sub-committee of the DDD established by the Hammond City Council in 2002. The Design Committee plays a key role in shaping the physical image of Main Street as a place attractive to shoppers, investors, business owners, and visitors. The committee educates independent businesses, property owners and civic leaders on the Main Street approach for physical improvements to buildings, businesses and public improvements.
The Design Committee is a volunteer group that typcially meets the 1st Thursday of each month 11:30am in the City Council Chambers. 312 E. Charles St. Hammond LA 70401. Design Committee members are appointed to serve 2 year terms
The Design Committee monitors all renovations and new construction projects OUTSIDE the Historic District but INSIDE the DDD. If you fall in this category, you must submit plans to the Design Commitee before construction begins.
Design guidelines can be found HERE.
Architectural Review applications can be found HERE.
Hammond Historic District Commission
The City of Hammond, Louisiana was chartered in 1889 and has enjoyed steady growth since that time. The majority of the city's oldest buildings are located in the downtown area. Preservation of these historic areas is very important to the overall quality of life in Hammond, as the downtown provides a center for continually expanding boundaries that provides a visual link with the past in addition to a unique character that cannot be duplicated by new construction.
The Hammond Historic District Commission (HHDC) is a citizens' commission whose seven members have experience in history, design, architecture, or education. The Commission reviews plans for work within the historic district and sees that new proposals are consistent with the Historic and Architectural Design Guidelines. The Commission also provides advice and consultation regarding renovation, restoration, and new signage to safeguard the character and historic integrity of the district.
The Historic District Commission monitors all renovation projects in the core of Downtown Hammond (The Historic District). If you fall in this category, you must submit plans to the Historic District Commission for any signage changes, or changes to the building.
Learn more about the Hammond Historic District HERE.
Historic Design Guidelines can be found HERE.
Hammond Building Department
All permits, applications and instructions required by the City of Hammond can be found HERE.
There are many perks to doing business and developing in the Hammond Downtown Development District. State and Federal Historic tax credit still exist for qualifying projects as well as two Hammond DDD established incentives, the Facade Grant Program and the Revolving Loan Program. All of these options encourage the renovation and improvement of the district’s existing buildings, as well as promote and encourage new business and development.
For funding options click HERE.