Local Preservation Districts

Louisville Metro's Local Preservation Districts and Individual Landmarks

Currently, there are seven Local Preservation Districts in addition to Individual Landmarks located throughout Louisville Metro:

Historic Louisville Preservation Districts and Local Landmarks

Certificate of Appropriateness

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 Architectural Review Committees (ARCs). 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.

Based on the scope of work, some projects within the districts and at Individual Landmark sites requires a Certificate of Appropriateness or COA.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Certificate of Appropriateness Process

Preservation Ordinance

The Districts were established by ordinances adopted and passed by Metro Council pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statutes. Legal requirements related to the Districts and COAs can be found in Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances (see Sections 32.250 through 32.263).

Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances

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