When does a project need a historic preservation demolition review?
A demolition review is required if the structure was constructed in or before 1955 and the project includes:
- More than 50% of the structure
- More than 50% of the roof
- Alteration on a street facing elevation
What is the process for a demolition permit?
- Applicant meets with staff to discuss project.
- Applicant submits the following:
- Application Form
- Narrative letter describing work
- Cost estimate of repairs (if scheduled for public hearing)
- Condition assessment (if scheduled for public hearing)
- Other supplemental information as required by staff
- The project may be eligible for administrative demolition review if there is a record of the following:
- The roof being replace was installed after 1955
- The windows/doors being replaced were installed after 1955 and there is no change in the openings
- Modifications to existing signage put in place after 1955
- If not eligible for administrative demolition review, staff will forward the application to a subcommittee of the Historic Preservation Commission for their review.
- If the subcommittee decides if the property is eligible for landmarking, they will send the application to a full HPC public hearing.
- A the public hearing, HPC may decide to release the application or place a stay of up to 180 days from the date of application
- If stay placed, the applicant can explore design alternatives with staff and/or a member of the HPC. Staff may also work with the applicant to document the property.
What are the criteria for demolition review?
At a public hearing, the Historic Preservation Commission will review the demolition application based upon any of the criteria in the Louisville Municipal Code.