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Historic Review Process

If you are planning a project on a property that requires a building permit or a sign permit and your property is within a historic district or is individually listed on the Local, State, or National Register of Historic Places, the project must be reviewed for historic compatibility before you can get your permit by submitting either a Minor or a Major Historic Review Application. 

Minor Reviews

This application is for smaller-scale projects affecting historic properties (properties listed on the State or National Register, or are located in a Historic District) that require a permit. Examples include signs, small additions, interior renovations, modifications or demolition of accessory structures, and some zoning actions. This form must be submitted and you must receive a Letter of Approval regarding the project before a permit can be issued. This typically takes a few business days.

Major Reviews

This application is for larger-scale projects affecting historic properties (properties listed on the State or National Register, or are in a Historic District) that require a permit. Examples include permits for new buildings, large additions, major interior renovations, demolitions, exterior alterations, and some zoning actions. This form must be submitted and you must receive a Letter of Approval regarding the project before a permit can be issued. This can take up to a month depending on the completeness of the application and the Historic Resources Board schedule

Once an application is submitted, City administration will determine if the project should be considered minor or major. See the matrix showing types of projects that typically fall into the minor and major project category. 

Contact Ben Chmiel, Planner and staff liaison to the Historic Resources Board, with questions about the application process by calling 785-587-2438 or emailing

Alternatively, you may download a Major or Minor Review Application, complete it, and submit it online.