Historic Landmarks & Preservation Districts Commission

The Commission consists of 13 members, 10 of whom shall be appointed by the Mayor subject to the approval of the Metro Council. The remaining members are the Director of Louisville Metro's Department of Codes and Regulations, the Director of Louisville Metro's Office of Planning and Design Services, and a member appointed by the President of Metro Council.  Of the members to be appointed by the Mayor, at least one shall be an architect, at least one shall be an architect or landscape architect, at least one shall be an historian or architectural historian qualified in the field of historic preservation, at least one shall be a registered professional archaeologist, at least one shall be a real estate broker or a MAI designated real estate appraiser, at least one shall be an attorney, at least one shall be a person who is a member of the Metro Area Chamber of Commerce (Greater Louisville, Inc.) who has recognized expertise in business and all such members shall have a known interest in individual landmarks and districts preservation.

Review the current membership of the Commission and apply to serve

Review the ordinance

Review the bylaws and policies of the Commission

What types of applications does the Commission review?

The Landmarks Commission reviews designation requests for local preservation districts and individual landmarks. The Commission hears appeals of Staff or Architectural Review Committee (ARC) decisions on applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA). Two members of the Commission also sit on each ARC. The Commission oversees changes to the ordinance, bylaws, and design guidelines. Furthermore, as a Certified Local Government, the Commission hears nominations for the National Register of Historic Places

Local Preservation District and Individual Landmarks Information

Pending Individual Landmarks designation requests

Certificate of Appropriateness Process


The Commission conducts regular and special meetings as it deems necessary. Typically, the meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. in the Old Jail (514 W. Liberty Street). A majority of the total membership of the Commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The affirmative vote of a majority of the members present shall be required for any action taken by the Commission. However, the affirmative vote of a majority of the total membership shall be required to designate a local Individual Landmark or Local Preservation District.

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

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