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Historic Preservation

***Electronically Submit Historic Preservation Applications***

The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit potential social spreading of COVID-19. In an effort to accommodate social distancing recommendations, the Planning & Development Services Center is currently closed to the public.

During this time, Landmark Alteration Certificate, Individual Landmark Designation, Historic Preservation Demolition Review and State Income Tax Credit applications must be submitted electronically.  

The Historic Preservation team is continuing to provide services remotely as best we can but is running with 50 percent staff levels, so we appreciate your understanding and patience. Please note that there is a 3 - 5 working day lag time between submitting applications to Planning & Development Services and Historic Preservation staff receiving them.

When you send your completed application to [email protected] please include HISTORIC PRESERVATION in the subject line.

If you haven't heard from us regarding your project after 7 days, please email  [email protected]

If you need Spanish interpretation or other language-related assistance, please call 303-441-1905. Si necesita interpretación o cualquier otro idioma, llame al 303-441-1905.


The Historic Preservation program helps preserve the community's unique heritage, culture, and character by protecting buildings and sites that are reminiscent of Boulder's past. Community interest in preservation has resulted in more than 1,300 designated historic properties in Boulder, including more than 200 individual landmarks and 10 historic districts.

In 2013, the city developed a Historic Preservation Plan The plan outlines the different program areas in detail and identifies near-term and long-term goals for the program. The main program areas include: 


Upcoming Meeting Dates, Agendas and Items

If you need Spanish interpretation or other language-related assistance for a meeting, please call 303-441-1905 at least three business days prior to the meeting. Si necesita interpretación en español u otro tipo de asistencia relacionada con el idioma para una reunión, llame al 303-441-1905 al menos tres días hábiles antes de la reunión.

Landmarks Design Review Committee pdf -  Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 8:30 a.m.  This meeting typically occurs every Wednesday morning (except holidays) unless otherwise notified. For more information, please visit the Landmarks Design Review Committee page .The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit potential social spreading of COVID-19. Because of this, the LDRC meeting will be held via virtually until further notice. Meetings remain open to the public for viewing only. Click this link-- Join Microsoft Teams Meeting--to observe the meeting.

Landmarks Board Site Visit at 2130 20th Street - Thursday, June 24 from 3-4 p.m. A stay-of-demolition was issued for the demolition of this building for up to 180 days to explore alternatives to the removal of the building. Constructed in the late 1870s, the house likely pre-dates the formal alignment of 20th Street.. Site visit open to the public for observation. Contact case manager James Hewat with questions.

Landmarks Board Site Visit at 515 Alpine Avenue - Tuesday, June 29 from 4-5 p.m. Site visit to 515 Alpine Avenue, a c. 1900 house proposed for demolition. The Landmarks Board placed a stay-of-demolition on the application. Site visit open to the public for observation. Contact case manager Marcy Gerwing with questions.

Landmarks Design Review Committee pdf -  Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 8:30 a.m.  This meeting typically occurs every Wednesday morning (except holidays) unless otherwise notified. For more information, please visit the Landmarks Design Review Committee page .The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit potential social spreading of COVID-19. Because of this, the LDRC meeting will be held via virtually until further notice. Meetings remain open to the public for viewing only. Click this link-- Join Microsoft Teams Meeting--to observe the meeting.

Landmarks Design Review Committee -  Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 8:30 a.m.  This meeting is canceled.

Landmarks Board Meeting  - Wednesday, July 7, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.   This meeting is canceled.

Landmarks Board Meeting Agenda pdf  - Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.   The City of Boulder is committed to its core value of community safety and is proactively taking steps to limit potential social spreading of COVID-19. Because of this, this meeting will be held virtually via video conference. To join by video conference--meeting link will be available 24 hours before the meeting--or call in to the public hearing video conference via telephone: Call in details to come. For more information, please visit the Landmarks Board Agenda page.


Chautauqua Sustainability and Resilience Strategy

In line with the city's  resilience strategy , the project will identify site vulnerabilities and sensitive historic resources while developing a long-term plan for achieving sustainability and resilience at Chautauqua. More information can be found on our project page:  https://bouldercolorado.gov/historic-preservation/chautauqua-sustainability-and-resilience-strategy or sign up to receive email updates about the project: 


Historic Preservation Story Map of Boulder

Explore Boulder's oldest 25 designated landmarks in this interactive Story Map (external link). 


Historic Preservation Monthly Statistics