According to the Local Historic Preservation Ordinance, a property must fulfill one or more of the following criteria to qualify as an historic site:
- Is associated with the life of a person important in city, state, or national history;
- Is associated in a significant way with a major historic event of a cultural, economic, social, military, or political nature;
- Exemplifies the historical, political, cultural, or social trend of the community in history;
- Is associated with a past or continuing institution, which has contributed substantially to the City's life.
The building, site, or structure is deemed to have significant architectural or aesthetic significance if it:
- Portrays the environment in an era of history characterized by a particular architectural style;
- Embodies the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style, period, or method of construction;
- Is an historic or outstanding work of a prominent architect, designer, landscape architect, or builder;
- Contains elements of design, detail, material, or craftsmanship of outstanding quality, or which represented, in its time, a significant innovation or adaptation to the South Florida environment.