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Demolition Review

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?

  1. Applicant meets with staff to discuss project.
  2. 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
  3. The project may be eligible for administrative demolition review if there is a record of the following:
    1. The roof being replace was installed after 1955
    2. The windows/doors being replaced were installed after 1955 and there is no change in the openings
    3. Modifications to existing signage put in place after 1955
  4. If not eligible for administrative demolition review, staff will forward the application to a subcommittee of the Historic Preservation Commission for their review.
  5. If the subcommittee decides if the property is eligible for landmarking, they will send the application to a full HPC public hearing.
  6. 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
  7. 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.