Salt Lake City

Historic Preservation

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Design Guidelines and Ordinance Regulations

Salt Lake City Design Guidelines

Extensive information on the range of issues associated with the maintenance, care, repair and alteration of a historic property, and on design criteria for new construction in a historic district, the adopted design guidelines provide guidance and advice on ways to meet the design standards in the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance. The design guidelines are a valuable resource for owners, designers, contractors and developers in planning a project, and are also used by the Historic Landmark Commission and City staff in the review of proposals affecting a landmark site or a property in a local historic district. The design guidelines are based on nationally accepted principles for historic preservation and apply to designated historic resources across the city.

Residential Design Guidelines

A Preservation Handbook for Historic Residential Properties and Districts in Salt Lake City

The Preservation Handbook provides guidance and advice on ways to meet the design standards in the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance and additional information on the range of issues associated with the maintenance, care, repair and alteration of a historic property and on design criteria for new construction in a historic district. The design guidelines are a valuable resource for owners, designers, contractors and developers in planning a project and are also used by the Historic Landmark Commission and City Staff in the review of proposals affecting a landmark site or a property in a local historic district. The guidelines revise and update the City’s previous historic residential design guidelines and were adopted by City Council on Dec 11, 2012.

A Preservation Handbook for Historic Residential Properties & Districts in Salt Lake City (entire document)

Table of Contents

PART I – PRESERVATION IN SALT LAKE CITY

Section 1 – Why Preserve Historic Buildings & Neighborhoods?

Section 2 – The Preservation Program in Salt Lake City

Section 3 – The Design Guidelines

Section 4 – Historic Context & Architectural Styles

PART II – DESIGN GUIDELINES:  REHABILITATION / GENERAL / NEW CONSTRUCTION

Chapter 1 – Site Features

Chapter 2 – Building Materials & Finishes

Chapter 3 – Windows

Chapter 4 – Doors

Chapter 5 – Porches

Chapter 6 – Architectural Details

Chapter 7 – Roofs

Chapter 8 – Additions

Chapter 9 – Accessory Structures

Chapter 10 – Seismic Retrofitting

Chapter 11 – General Issues

Chapter 12 – New Construction

PART III – DESIGN GUIDELINES:  HISTORIC DISTRICTS

Introduction – Introduction

Chapter 13 – The Avenues

Chapter 14 – Capitol Hill

Chapter 15 – Central City

Chapter 16 – South Temple

Chapter 17 – University

Chapter 18 – Westmoreland Place

APPENDICES

Appendix A – Salt Lake City Historic Design Standards & Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Appendix B – Information & Resources

Appendix C – Glossary of Terms

Historic Apartment and Multi-Family Buildings Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines for Historic Apartments and Multifamily Buildings in Salt Lake City

The Preservation Handbook provides guidance and advice on ways to meet the design standards in the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance and additional information on the range of issues associated with the maintenance, care, repair, alteration of a historic property and design criteria for new construction in a historic district. The design guidelines are a valuable resource for owners, designers, contractors and developers in planning a project, and are also used by the Historic Landmark Commission and City Staff in the review of proposals affecting a landmark site or a property in a local historic district. The guidelines revise and update the City’s previous historic residential design guidelines and were adopted by City Council on April 7, 2015.

Design Guidelines for Historic Apartments and Multifamily Buildings in Salt Lake City

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Table of Contents

PART I – PRESERVATION IN SALT LAKE CITY

Section 1 – Why Preserve Historic Buildings & Neighborhoods

Section 2 – The Preservation Program in Salt Lake City – Defining and Managing Historic Buildings and Districts

Section 3 – The Design Guidelines

Section 4 – Historic Context, Architectural Types & Styles

PART II – DESIGN GUIDELINES:  REHABILITATION / GENERAL / NEW CONSTRUCTION

Chapter 1 – Site Features & Streetscape

Chapter 2 – Building Materials & Finishes

Chapter 3 – Windows

Chapter 4 – Doors & Entries

Chapter 5 – Porches & Balconies

Chapter 6 – Building Form, Facade, Design Architectural Elements & Details

Chapter 7 – Roof Forms & Parapets

Chapter 8 – Additions

Chapter 9 – Accessory Structures (Garages, Carports, Ancillary Structures)

Chapter 10 – Seismic Retrofitting

Chapter 11 – General Issues

Chapter 12 – Design Guidelines for New Construction

PART III – HISTORIC DISTRICTS APARTMENTS & MULTIFAMILY DEVELOPMENT

Introduction – Introduction

Chapter 13 – The Avenues

Chapter 14 – Capitol Hill

Chapter 15 – Central City

Chapter 16 – South Temple

Chapter 17 – University

Chapter 18 – Westmoreland Place

PART IV – DESIGN PRINCIPLES & GUIDELINES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

APPENDICES

Appendix A – Salt Lake City Historic Design Standards & Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Appendix B – Information & Advice

Appendix C – Glossary of Terms

Commercial Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Properties & Districts in Salt Lake City

On December 11, 2012 the City Council adopted the Commercial Design Guidelines. The document is an important resource for all applicants to review prior to starting a project affecting an individually designated landmark site or property within one of the City’s 7 historic districts. They provide a background history of the City’s commercial development, an understanding of historic preservation and architectural design principles, and guidance which promotes predictability and ensures that change occurs in a manner that respects the existing historic context.

Design Guidelines for Historic Commercial Properties & Districts in Salt Lake City (entire document)

PART 1 – PRESERVATION IN SALT LAKE CITY

Section 1 – Why Preserve Historic Buildings & Neighborhoods?

Section 2 – The Preservation Program in Salt Lake City

Section 3 – The Design Guidelines

Section 4 – Overview, Building Types, Architectural Styles

PART II – DESIGN GUIDELINES: REHABILITATION / NEW CONSTRUCTION

Chapter 1 – Site Features

Chapter 2 – Storefronts

Chapter 3 – Building Material & Finishes

Chapter 4 – Windows

Chapter 5 – Architectural Details

Chapter 6 – Roofs

Chapter 7 – Foundations

Chapter 8 – Additions

Chapter 9 – Accessibility

Chapter 10 – Seismic Design

Chapter 11 – Streetscape Elements

Chapter 12 – Mechanical Equipment & Service Utilities

Chapter 13 – Design For New Construction

PART III – HISTORIC DISTRICTS

Chapter 14 – Avenues

Chapter 15 – Capitol Hill

Chapter 16 – Central City

Chapter 17 – Exchange Place

Chapter 18 – South Temple

Chapter 19 – University

APPENDICES

Appendix A – Salt Lake City Historic Design Standards & Secretary of the Interior’s Standards

Appendix B – Information & Resources

Appendix C – Glossary of Terms

Sign Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines for Signs in Historic Districts

The Design Guidelines for Signs apply to all existing and new exterior signs for a landmark site or a property in a local historic district. The goal of the guidelines is to meet the needs of various interests in the community by providing guidance in determining the suitability and architectural compatibility of proposed signs, while at the same time, allowing for reasonable changes to individual signs to meet current needs. For property owners, architects, designers and contractors, they provide guidance in planning and designing future projects. For City staff and the Historic Landmark Commission, they provide an outline through which projects can be evaluated for compliance with Zoning Ordinance standards. Further, they provide the community as a whole with an idea of what to expect when signs are proposed in historic districts or landmark sites.

Design Guidelines for Signs in Historic Districts (entire document)

Introduction

Applicability

Objectives

Salt Lake City Context

Compatibility

Sign Types – Specific Design

Definitions

Zoning Ordinance - Historic Preservation Overlay

Section 21A.34.020 of the Salt Lake City Zoning Ordinance contains standards pertaining to the locally designated in Salt Lake City. Prior to making changes to the exterior of buildings and to properties that are locally designated, property owners must get approval (Certificate of Appropriateness) that certifies that the proposed changes meet the adopted rules.

Community Preservation Plan

The Community Preservation Plan is the City’s comprehensive plan that provides policies and direction relating to historic preservation in Salt Lake City. The plan was adopted in 2012.

Preservation Program Philosophy

The Salt Lake City Council adopted the Preservation Program Philosophy Statement in 2011 to identify the importance of historic preservation in Salt Lake City.

Additional Information

Historic preservation is common throughout the Country. The federal government provides more in depth information for various types of preservation projects. This information can help owners of historic properties maintain the structures following best practice maintenance and rehabilitation methods.

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties – includes information on how to maintain the historic character of the building.

Preservation Briefs offer more in depth information on specific types of construction and rehabilitation projects.

Seismic Upgrades for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings