Step 1. Application and 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.
Step 2. Architectural Review Committee
1. The ARC reviews your plan at a public meeting. Once a date is set for the ARC meeting, you are required to send public notification to adjacent property owners by mail. Neighbors must be sent notification 7 days prior to the meeting for the ARC. Click here for additional information on public notices. Once you have mailed the public notices, you will need to fill out and submit an affidavit of notification.
2. The Case Manager prepares a staff report prior to the meeting. The staff report and agenda are provided in advance to ARC members for their review, and are posted the Friday before the following week's meeting here.
3. The ARC meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month starting at 4:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Metro Development Center located at 444 South 5th Street. Often, there are multiple cases on the agenda to be reviewed. You will have the opportunity to address the committee concerning your application. At the close of the ARC hearing for your request, the committee will make a motion to take a vote on the proposal to approve, approve with conditions, continue the case, or deny. The final action is based on conformance to the applicable design guidelines. The COA is sent to the ARC Chair for signature and then sent to the applicant.
4. If there is a denial of the COA, then the owner/applicant has 30 days to appeal the decision in writing to the Landmarks Commission.
Step 3. Landmarks Commission
1. If a case has been appealed to Landmarks, a date is set for the Landmarks Commission meeting.
2. The staff report and agenda are provided in advance to Landmarks Commission members for their review, and are posted the Friday before the following week's meeting here.
3. The Landmarks Commission meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month starting at 8:30 a.m. in the Old Jail Building located at 514 W. Liberty Street. You will have an opportunity to make a presentation to the Landmarks Commission.
4. At the close of the Landmarks Commission meeting for your appeal, the committee votes to uphold the ARC denial, or approve the Certificate of Appropriateness.
5. If the Landmarks Commission votes to uphold the ARC denial for the Certificate of Appropriateness, the owner/applicant may then appeal to Circuit Court.