Oversight of exterior alterations for the Landmarks Commission, Downtown Development Review Overlay and Bardstown Road Overlay District
Issuing Certificates of Appropriateness and Overlay Permits either at staff or committee level
Preparing designation reports for local landmarks and preservation districts that are considered for demolition or other causes
Louisville Metro's local preservation districts and individual landmarks designations recognize, preserve, and protect the city's significant historic and architectural resources for the entire community. The designation establishes a local oversight process for design review of all exterior alterations, demolition, and new construction. This review process is conducted by the Landmarks Commission staff and the Architectural Review Committees. If you would like to serve on one of our Architectural Review Committees or need to renew your Architectural Review Committee membership, please fill out that form here.
The application for a Certificate of Appropriateness can be found here. More information on the approval process: Landmarks-Certificate of Appropriateness User Guide.
Local Preservation Districts/Architectural Review Committees
The following areas have been designated as local preservation districts:
- Cherokee Triangle
- Old Louisville
- West Main Street
- Individual Landmarks
Need more information on local preservation districts? Please refer to the links below.
- Historic Landmark and Preservation Districts Commission: Top Myths and Mistakes
- Local Preservation Districts: Commonly Asked Questions
- Appeals process for Architectural Review Committee decisions
- Ordinance: Historic Landmarks and Preservation Districts Commission #32.250
- Ordinance Amendment: Ordinance No. 130, Series 2012
An ordinance amending sections 32.251, 32.260, and 32.263
- Ordinance Amendment: Ordinance No. 128, Series 2013
Projects that propose exterior alterations to buildings that are landmarks or are located within designated local preservation districts are evaluated by Architectural Review Committees (ARC) and staff in accordance with design guidelines. Design guidelines are intended to serve as a reference and a resource for property owners, clarifying in advance what is expected. The ARC or staff determines the appropriateness of a project after reviewing all applicable guidelines. The goal is to strike a balance that best serves both the resource and the owner. There is no scoring or minimum number of guidelines to be met.
Overlay Districts are intended to promote compatibility of development with existing land use and design features. Within designated areas, proposed developments and physical changes to the exterior of a building are reviewed in accordance with established principles and guidelines addressing urban design elements.
- NuLu Overlay District
- Bardstown Road Baxter Avenue Overlay District
Downtown Development Review Overlay
The application for an Overlay District Permit can be found here. Applications are reviewed by the appropriate Overlay Committee. More information on the approval process can be found in the Overlay District Permit User Guide.