Step 1: Application & Approval Determination

A project involving physical changes to the exterior of a building, structure, or property designated as a local landmark or located within a local preservation district shall require prior approval in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness. An approval requires substantial conformance to design guidelines established for each landmark and district. The design guidelines, along with other information regarding local preservation districts, may be found at the website of the Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission.


1.  Submit a Landmarks application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). Applications must be submitted by Friday to be distributed to Case Managers the following Monday.


2.  Case Managers will determine whether your complete application is a staff- or committee-level application. If it is a staff review, there is a two-week review period. Staff will issue a COA with an approval, or approval with conditions. If staff denies the application for the COA, then the owner/applicant has 30 days to appeal the decision in writing to the Landmarks Commission.


3.  If the Case Manager determines that the COA needs to be reviewed by the Architectural Review Committee (ARC), the application will be placed on the next available ARC docket for a public meeting.