Design Overlay Districts & Committees

In Louisville Metro, there are currently three design review overlay districts:

  • Downtown Development Review Overlay District
  • Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue Corridor Review Overlay District
  • NuLu Review Overlay District

Within the Districts, no person shall commence any Development Activity as defined in Chapter 162 of the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances without obtaining an Overlay Permit certifying compliance with the applicable District Guidelines. The Guidelines are not intended to discourage development or to dictate architectural design or style, but to encourage such development that contributes to the overall urban design quality of the downtown and of each District.  These Guidelines and the distinctive characteristics for each District shall be the basis for evaluating applications for development proposals as applicable within each District.


Click here to view the Louisville Metro Code of Ordinances.