About Design Review

Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) reviews exterior modifications and repairs for the following type of properties and requests per the City's Unified Development Code (UDC):

All proposed work must be approved through a Certificate of Appropriateness issued by the OHP or as recommended by the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC) before work can begin.

Review our Before Getting Started page for a guide on when approval is needed and how to navigate the design review process. OHP staff is here to assist you with the process. Most items can be approved administratively, by staff, but there are some items that must be reviewed in a public hearing by the Historic and Design Review Commission (HDRC). Here are a few examples of requests that the HDRC hears:

  • New construction, additions, or alterations
  • Landmark designation
  • Historic district designation
  • Historic Tax Certification
  • Historic Tax Verification