Salt Lake City

Historic Preservation

Planning Division | (801) 535-7700 |

Applications & Approvals

If your historic structure was damaged in the recent windstorm on September 7, 2020, or the earthquake that occurred on March 18, 2020, please contact our Preservation team to discuss questions, concerns and the application process //

Due to the high level of applications currently, it can take up to 4 – 6 additional weeks to process your application. Thank you for your understanding, we apologize for any inconvenience.

The staff of Salt Lake City’s Historic Preservation Program are pleased to work closely with residents, businesses, and property owners on their concerns and needs involving historic landmarks and districts.

The following guide is an introduction to our program and services to help you understand the possibilities for your property.

Step 1. Is my property historic?

There are two kinds of historic properties: those located in a historic district and landmark sites located outside a historic district.

First locate your property on a map and determine if it is in a historic district or is a landmark site. If your property falls into one of those two categories, it is considered historic. More information on historic districts and landmarks can be found here.


Local Historic Districts Map

National Historic Districts Map

Local & National Historic Districts Map

To understand what is allowed and what resources are available to you as a property owner in historic districts, we recommend contacting us at (801) 535-7700 or

Finding more information on National Register Sites

For properties listed in the National Register the original nomination form is usually the best place to start. Nomination forms contain a wealth of information about a resource’s physical attributes, historical context, and significant architectural characteristics and historical associations.

The National Park Service maintains the online National Register Information System (NRIS), a database that contains information on places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The Utah Division of State History provides an extensive source of information and help for research of historic records.

For only locally designated Landmark Sites, information is available by contacting the Planning Division at 801 535-7700.

The Salt Lake County Archives is a great source for historic photographs from 1935 through 1988. Call (385) 468-0820 or email for more information.

There are many other sources of information about historic resources, including local and state libraries, special collections, and public records.

Step 2. What kind of approvals do I need before I start my project?

All exterior work for properties with Local Historic Designation or Landmark Designation, with the exception of paint color and minor maintenance, requires approval before work can take place and before a building permit will be issued. Historic approval comes in the form of a Certificate of Appropriateness. 

All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Please verify with Planning Staff if a project needs a Certificate of Appropriateness before beginning any work.

Step 3. Meet with the Planning Division and the Planning Counter

Visit with a planner or request a site visit, please call or email to get information and guidance on your project. (801) 535-7700 or

Pre-Application Advice and Support

It is highly recommended that applicants contact a staff member in the earliest stages of planning a project and before any designs are finalized.

Planning Pre-Submittal Review Meeting

During the concept stage of planning a complex project, applicants can schedule meetings with City representatives to identify and discuss city policies, standards, and any conditions that may be placed on the project to meet development requirements. In some circumstances these meetings are required.

To schedule a meeting, please call the Planning Counter: 801-535-7700.

Planning Counter

The Planning Counter is part of the One-Stop Shop. The One-Stop Shop is the place where all development related questions can be answered. Walk-in customers are welcome Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm except Wednesdays when the doors open at 9:00 am.

For planning and zoning questions, please call (801) 535-7700 or email us at

Planning Counter

City & County Building, Room 215
451 South State Street
(801) 535-7700

Mon, Tu, Th, Fri 7:30 to 4:30 PM; Wed 9:00 to 4:30 PM

Step 4. Submitting your application (Applications & Forms)

In order to request a Certificate of Appropriateness, an application will need to be submitted. The applicable applications can be found below.

Online Applications

The following applications are now available to submit online through Citizen Access Portal

Historic Landmark Commission

  • Conservation District
  • Demolition – Contributing
  • Demolition – Non Contributing
  • Designation
  • Economic Hardship
  • Major Alteration
  • Minor Alteration
  • New Construction
  • Relocation
  • Special Exception

Follow our step-by-step guide to learn how to submit your application online. 

For assistance in submitting one of these applications, please email for a faster response than phone

Step 5. After you submit your application

1. A staff member assigned to your application

After you complete and submit your application, the application will be assigned to a Planner. They will review it to ensure that it includes all information necessary to reach a decision. Incomplete or missing information on drawings and application forms will delay the processing of the application.

Applicants may always call their assigned planner with questions.

2. Your application reviewed

The application will be reviewed using the criteria defined by zoning ordinance standards and design guidelines. If staff determines the application is in accordance with these criteria, they will approve the project by either issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness or for more complex projects, the application will be forwarded to the Historic Landmark Commission for their consideration.

3. A decision is issued

After approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued and the building permit review can be completed.

Check the status of an application

Application details can be accessed at the Citizen Access Portal, by selecting the planning tab, and entering the petition number.

Types of Approval

Across the Counter Review & Approval

This type of review and approval is handled on a ‘walk-in’ basis and right away by the staff planner at the Planning Counter. Types of projects include re-roofing, and other minor alterations.

Administrative Review

The Planning staff conducts the administrative review for several minor alterations and Special Exceptions. Types of projects can include window replacement, garages and additions that are smaller than 50 percent of the square footage of the footprint of a house.

Historic Landmark Commission

Review from the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) requires a Public Hearing. Types of projects include demolitions of contributing structures, new construction of primary structures, and major alterations.