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Preservation-Step by Step

To get started:

  1. Check the address to determine if the property is a historic landmark or within a preservation district
  2. Pre application: Consult with the Preservation staff early in the application process. This prevents an application from going through multiple revisions later on. Applicants need to bring:
    1. Property Address or parcel number
    2. Photos of the property
    3. Photos of adjacent properties
    4. Site/floor plans, exterior elevations (optional)
  3. Submit application to our Public Counter with:
    1. Universal development application (link to form)
    2. Preservation supplement

          Drawings: Site Plan, Floor Plan and Exterior Elevations drawn to scale

      • 8.5" x 11" Drawing Reductions
      • Color photographs
      • Fee
      • Design Concept Narrative
      • Material and Color Board
    1. Environmental Questionnaire
    2. Letter of Agency
  1. Application review: Historic Preservation staff review the application for compliance with the City Code, the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Treatment of Historic Properties, the Preservation Areas Plan*, the Listed Structures Plan (Residential & Non-Residential)*, and applicable design guidelines. For minor work, like re-roofs and HVAC placement, this may be handled over-the-counter as part of a Building Permit application.
  2. Public Hearing: Some projects require a public hearing with the Preservation Director to allow for public input. Some may even require a hearing with the Preservation Commission. (This is dictated by City Code Chapter 17.604.)
  3. Certificate of Appropriateness; Apply for Building Permit: When the project is deemed in compliance, the Preservation Director will issue a Certificate of Appropriateness. If everything else for the project is ready (electrical, plumbing, fire, etc.), then the applicant may proceed with the building permit process.

Typical Timelines

Scope of Work

Level of Review

Estimated Time

  • Reroof
  • Minor Repair
  • New mechanical

Staff Review- over the counter

1 day

  • Stair replacement
  • New signs
  • New rear deck

Staff Review

4 weeks

  • Addition
  • Window replacements
  • New accessory structure

Preservation Director Hearing

6 weeks

  • New construction on vacant lot
  • Major Alteration / Rehabilitation
  • Demolitions

Preservation Commission

2-3 months


* Note that as of 2001, “preservation areas” are now called “historic districts,” while “listed structures” now include both “landmarks” and “contributing resources” to historic districts.