Salt Lake City

Historic Preservation

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Historic Landmark Commission

Historic Landmark Commission

The Historic Landmark Commission conducts design reviews of new construction or alterations to landmark sites and to properties located in Salt Lake City’s local historic districts. Any demolition within an historic district must be approved by this Commission. The Commission is also charged with monitoring the preservation of historically significant resources within the boundaries of the City and reviewing proposed regulations affecting historic preservation. The Commission also reviews and makes recommendations on proposals to designate additional historic properties.

Agendas and Minutes

Bylaws and Governing Documents

Rules of Procedures

Meeting Information

Monthly on the first Thursday of the month; beginning at 5:30 p.m. Additional meetings as needed.

City and County Building, Room 326, 451 S State, Salt Lake City

Member Qualifications

Seven to eleven members, appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council, serve on the Historic Landmark Commission. Each member serves a four-year term. The Commission consists of citizens interested in historic preservation and knowledgeable about the heritage of the City. The Commission should include at least two architects and other members who possess preservation related experience in archeology, architecture, architectural history, construction, history, folk studies, law, public history, real estate appraisal or urban planning. For any additional information, please reference Chapter 21A.06.050.D&E.

Powers and Duties

  • Encourage proper development and maintenance of historic structures and districts
  • Promote public awareness of historic preservation
  • Conduct studies of significant historic elements
  • Review demolition and alteration requests within historic districts
  • Recommend boundaries for Historic Districts to Planning Commission
  • When requested, make recommendations on conditional uses within historic districts
  • Make recommendations on master plans and possible ordinance revisions to Planning Commission, City Council, and Mayor’s Office

Current Members

Member Serving Since Council District Term Expires
Rocío de María Torres Mora 2019 7 2023
Victoria Petro-Eschler 2017 1 2021
Esther Stowell 2017 2 2021
David Richardson 2014 3 2021
Paul Svendsen 2016 3 2020
Stanley Adams 2016 4 2020
Sheleigh Amanda Harding 2008 4 2017
Thomas Brennan 2012 5 2019
Kenton Peters 2015 5 2019
Robert Hyde 2016 6 2020
Charles Shephard 2012 6 2019

Staff Review and Application Procedures for the Historic Landmark Commission

Historic Landmark Commission Review

Review from the Historic Landmark Commission (HLC) requires a public hearing.

Stages of Review for the Historic Landmark Commission

  1. The project will be scheduled for a public hearing or a work session with the HLC when the project is deemed complete. Large and/or complex projects may benefit from a work session with the HLC, prior to a public hearing. Please note, work sessions are not a public hearing and a decision will not be provided.
  2. The HLC typically meets the first Thursday of every month. Surrounding property owners will be notified by Staff prior to the public hearing.
  3. At the public hearing, the HLC will make a decision to either approve, deny, or approve with modifications for each agenda item. Please note, the HLC may table applications for additional information and/or review.
  4. Occasionally, where design issues require additional consideration, the HLC may convene an Architectural Subcommittee to work with the applicant to achieve a sensitive design solution.
  5. After the hearing, the Planner issues the Record of Decision, which states the decision made and the motion.
  6. After approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued and the building permit review can be completed.

What to expect at the public hearing

Planning Staff will make a presentation. Following, the applicant will have an opportunity to speak to the commission. The public always has a chance to give comments. After which, the applicant will be asked to address any concerns raised by the public comments. In conclusion, the Commission discusses the issues and comes to a decision.

Public Commentary

Please note, all public comments made during a public hearing are limited to two minutes. Written comments can be submitted prior to the public hearing to the project planner or to the Commission at the meeting.

Staff Report

The Planning staff will prepare a staff report for the HLC members that include the information you provided in your application as well as any additional relevant research. The staff report will give an analysis of whether the proposed project is consistent with the zoning ordinance (Historic Preservation Overlay) and design guidelines. The staff always includes a recommendation to the HLC on the staff report.

Appeal of Decision

Appeal by the Applicant

There is a 30-day appeal period in which the applicant may appeal the Historic Landmark Commission’s decision. The applicant has the option of appealing to either the Appeals Hearing Officer or to the Mayor, who serves as Salt Lake City’s Historic Preservation Appeal Authority.

Appeal by an Affected Party

There is a 10-day appeal period in which any party entitled to appeal can appeal the Historic Landmark Commission’s decision to the Appeals Hearing Officer.

Appeal Process

Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Planning Director, who then schedules it for a public hearing and review by the Appeals Hearing Officer. An application to the Appeals Hearing Officer is found here. The Appeals Hearing Officer must weigh the evidence presented by the appellant and staff, and determine whether or not the previous decision was made in error. The Appeals Hearing Officer may reverse or affirm, wholly or in part, or may modify the decision. An appeal of an Appeals Hearing Officer decision is appealed to the district court. An appeal to the district court must be filed within 30 days of the decision.

Architectural Subcommittee

The Architectural Subcommittee consists of HLC members. They provide technical assistance to property owners and applicants, review projects already considered by the full commission that need further refinement, and projects that the staff feel are too complex for administrative approval. They meet when needed.

Contact Information

Michaela Oktay

Deputy Director

(801) 535-6003 or