Historic Preservation Applications
During this time, Landmark Alteration Certificate, Individual Landmark Designation, Historic Preservation Demolition Review and State Income Tax Credit applications must be submitted electronically.
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Some exterior work (partial demolition) and full demolition of non-designated buildings older than 50 years old requires review and approval by the Historic Preservation program. The intent of the demolition review process is to prevent the loss of buildings that may have historic or architectural significance and to provide the time necessary to consider alternatives to demolition. Demolition for the purposes of historic preservation review is defined in section 9-16 of the Boulder Revised Code, 1981.
Refer to the Map of Historic Districts & Landmarks to find out if your property is a landmark or in a historic district. All exterior changes, including proposed demolition, to a property designated an individual landmark or located within a historic district require review and approval through a Landmark Alteration Certificate (LAC) rather than demolition review.
You will need to complete a Historic Preservation Demolition review if your property is older than 50 years old and you are proposing to:
The full definition of demolition for the purposes of historic preservation review is defined in section 9-16 of the Boulder Revised Code, 1981. For more detailed information, please read the Historic Preservation Demolition Review FAQ.
The Boulder County Assessor's Office Property Search Map lists the date built under Assessment > Improvements.
If the property is not in a historic district or individually landmarked, but is older than 50 years old, the work may require review and approval by the Historic Preservation program:
Include HISTORIC PRESERVATION in the subject line.
Refer to the application for additional information and the submittal requirements.
Watch your email for confirmation that the application has been received; follow the link to pay the fee (this takes about 5 business days).
Yes, there is a fee for Historic Preservation Demolition Review. The fee for the initial review is based on the age and type of building.
If the initial review finds there is "probable cause to believe the building may be eligible for landmark designation", the fee for a Landmarks Board hearing is $1,504.
The full review can be complete in 14 days, or take longer than 180 days, depending on the findings. The process has different paths depending on whether there is probable cause to believe that the building may be eligible for designation as an individual landmark.
The criteria for the Landmarks Board’s review of a demolition permit is found in 9-11-23(f) B.R.C. 1981:
When considering the condition of the building and the projected cost of restoration or repair as set forth in paragraphs (3) and (4) above, the board may not consider deterioration caused by unreasonable neglect.
If staff or the LDRC find probable cause to believe the building may be eligible for landmark designation, the application will be reviewed by the Landmarks Board in a public hearing.
The Landmarks Board may 1) issue the demolition permit, 2) place a stay of up to 180 days to explore alternatives to demolition or 3) Initiate landmark designation.
Once the Historic Preservation Demolition Review application is approved, you submit it to Planning and Development Services (P&DS) with your building permit or demolition permit application. Please note that The Historic Preservation Demolition Review Application is now separate from the Demolition Permit Application to streamline the application and reduce confusion around the two processes.
For full demolition requests, you can start collecting the remaining signatures on page 3 of the Demolition Permit Application. That includes gathering approvals from Xcel, Comcast, the Health Department, etc. You’ll submit all of the approvals together to get your demolition permit. You’ll name that application DemoPmtApp_1739Broadway_4-30-2020.
The historic preservation signature is valid for 180 days and cannot be extended. If the application isn’t finalized within this period, a new demolition permit application is required.