The City of Manhattan is authorized by the State of Kansas to conduct reviews of projects affecting historic property. 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 it can be issued. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards are used to assess a project's appropriateness.
A Minor or a Major Historic Review Application must be submitted to review a project. This matrix and application descriptions below explain the different types of projects that typically fall into the minor and major project category. You may contact Ben Chmiel, staff liaison to the Historic Resources Board via phone (785-587-2438) or email, if you are unsure about which application to submit .
Once an application is submitted, City administration will determine if the project is appropriate to be considered minor or major. See the historic review process flowchart for more information on the process from there.
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, minor 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. These projects are assessed by City Administration and typically take a few business days before a determination is made.
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. These projects must be reviewed by the Manhattan Historic Resources Board and can take from 2-6 weeks to make a determination depending on the completeness of the application, the project's historic compatibility, and the Historic Resources Board schedule.
Alternatively, you may download a Major or Minor Review Application, complete it, and submit it online, email, mail, or hand in at City Hall. However, it may take longer to process this way.