City or Local Historic Districts are created by Ordinance at the request of the Alderman and/or property owners in the district. The process for designating local districts requires that a petition be filed by the staff of the St. Louis Preservation Board, the Alderman of the ward containing the proposed district, or by at least 10% of the property owners within the district. After numerous public hearings, the Preservation Board and the Board of Aldermen both must approve the petition for the district to be designated.
In local districts, all changes to the exterior of a building must be reviewed for compliance with the district's design standards, usually by the staff of the Cultural Resources Office. For larger projects, review by the Preservation Board may be required.
Each City historic district ordinance has a unique set of rehabilitation and design standards that were developed by neighborhood residents.
Ordinances, Standards, Policies and Maps:
Central West End
The City has 17 local historic districts, 10 of which are Certified Local Historic Districts. These districts have been determined by the Department of the Interior to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and have all the benefits of being listed in the Register.