The Cultural Resources Office reviews permit applications for exterior work to City Landmarks and structures located in City Historic Districts, applying the appropriate Rehabilitation or New Construction Standards. No permit may be issued without the Cultural Resources Office or the Preservation Board's approval. Applications in CRO areas are referred automatically to the Office by the Building Division, and approved within a few days, unless the work does not comply with the Standards or additional information is required.
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Sometimes small projects (decks, fences, etc.) can be approved at our Hotspot desk in City Hall, or at our offices at 1015 Locust Street. Approved drawings are signed and returned to you to use when you apply for a permit. No further review by Cultural Resources is necessary.
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Larger projects may apply for a Preliminary Review, by the CRO staff or by the Preservation Board. If started early enough in your project schedule, it can avoid last-minute delays. The staff can help in planning your project so that it will comply with the district standards. There is no charge for this review. Projects with Preliminary Approval receive expedited review when permit application is made.
To initiate this review, fill out a Preliminary Review From and submit it with photographs and preliminary or schematic plans. You may also e-mail it to us with photos and plans.
Download a Preliminary Review Form