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Design Guidelines for Individual Landmarks & Historic Districts

Design Guidelines for Individual Landmarks & Historic Districts

Design Guidelines for Historic Districts and Individual Landmarks

All exterior changes to a property that is designated as an individual landmark or located in a historic district require review and approval through a Landmark Alteration Certificate. Visit the Design Review page for information on the process. 

The Landmarks Board adopted the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation as the basis for guidance on rehabilitation design for historic properties, and have developed design guidelines expand those Standards and bring focus to Boulder’s own historic context and resources. The guidelines are intended to be used as an aid to appropriate design and not as a checklist of items for compliance.

The purpose of the design guidelines is to facilitate both the application and approval of alterations proposed for design review by 1) providing the owners of historic properties some assistance in making decisions about maintenance and improvements, and 2) providing the Landmarks Board with a framework for evaluation of proposed improvements. The guidelines reflect the Landmarks Board’s philosophy that underlies all its decisions: to encourage the preservation and careful treatment of the city’s historically significant resources, while recognizing the need for continuing adaptation and improvements to these resources.

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