Architectural Review Committees

An Architectural Review Committee (ARC) has been established for each Local Preservation District, as well as a committee for the structures or properties designated as Individual Landmarks.

Louisville Metro currently has eight Architectural Review Committees:

  • Butchertown
  • Cherokee Triangle
  • Clifton
  • Individual Landmarks
  • Limerick
  • Old Louisville
  • Parkland
  • West Main Street

Local Preservation District and Individual Landmarks Information

Each ARC consists of seven members, including the Director of the Department of Codes and Regulations or his or her designee; two members of the Historic Landmarks & Preservation Districts Commission appointed by the Commission Chair; and four members appointed by the Historic Landmarks & Preservation Districts Commission and approved by the Metro Council. In the case of an ARC established for a District, no fewer than two members shall be owner-residents or tenants within such district, one member shall be a real estate professional and one member shall be an architect and one member shall be the owner of income producing property located within the district. All members shall have a known interest in individual landmarks and districts preservation.

What types of applications does the ARC review?

Local Preservation District and Individual Landmark designations recognize, preserve, and protect Louisville Metro's significant historic and architectural resources. The designation establishes a local process for design review of all exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction. With oversight from the Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission, this review process is conducted by the staff and ARCs. 

ARCs review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) that include demolition of contributing structures, new construction of primary structures and carriage houses, and any projects that rise above a staff level review. Projects are evaluated in accordance with approved Design Guidelines. These guidelines do not dictate styles or specific designs. The guidelines provide an overview of the distinctive characteristics and the statement of principles and standards governing exterior alterations to structures or properties.

Certificate of Appropriateness Process

Design Guidelines 


ARCs meet as needed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are held in late afternoons or evenings, generally starting between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The hearing time of a specific application can fluctuate depending on the volume of cases scheduled. Special hearing dates are sometimes scheduled to accommodate projects. Meetings typically take place at the Metro Development Center at 444 S. 5th Street.

Information on Upcoming and Past Meetings, Including Agendas and Meeting Summaries

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