is Design Review?
Design review is an approval process that certain projects involving
historic properties must complete prior to the start of work, or
issuance of permits.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission reviews projects for historic
compatibility at its regular public meetings, and if the work meets the
standards for historic treatment, issues a certificate of
my project require review by the Landmarks Commission?
In general, exterior work on City Landmarks
that is visible requires design review.
In the North Slope Historic District, changes that require building
permits require review before permits can be issued.
What is the process for design review?
simple projects take a total of about four weeks for the Commission to
review, from submittal of application until approval. More complex
projects usually require several meetings, including informational
briefings in design development and schematic, in addition to final
are the general steps of the process:
the Standards and Guidelines for Historic Buildings.
Many property owners want to know whether their project
will be approved by the Commission ahead of the meeting.
The Landmarks Commission reviews projects according to its Standards,
which include design guidelines and the Secretary of the
Interior’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation.
In some cases, pre-application meetings or Commission
briefings are beneficial for larger or more complex projects.
Contact the Historic Preservation Officer (bottom of page) for more
the appropriate application form and fill
it out in its ENTIRETY.
The form is
available in the in the menu in the right hand column.
for preliminary review to
the Permit Intake Center (Planning and Development Services).
This ensures your application meets applicable codes and
will avoid delays down the road.
Projects requiring variances generally must obtain the variances
prior to Landmarks Commission review.
your plans to the Historic Preservation Office, either via
regular mail or in person: make 15 copies of the
application form and any supporting materials, and deliver to
the address below along with the APPLICATION FEE payable to the
Once your application is received, staff will review it for
completeness and schedule it for the next available agenda. The Landmarks Commission meets on the 2nd and 4th
Wednesdays of each month, and applications must be complete TWO
WEEKS in advance of the desired meeting date.
When your application has been scheduled for review, you will
Present your application to the
Commission. In most cases, it is required that the
applicant be present to respond to questions or recommendations from
for permits. Once the Commission has reviewed your
application, generally a decision is reached at the same
meeting. Once an approval is granted, you may obtain
permits. Incomplete applications, or requests for
clarification, may result in the item being moved to a subsequent
Questions regarding building codes, zoning,
variances, commercial plan review, and other concerns should be directed
and Land Use Services
Community and Economic Development Department
747 Market Street, 3rd Floor
about historic preservation requirements, design review and other
cultural resource issues should be directed to:
Application for Design Review (Residential)
Application for Design Review (Commercial)