Landmarks Commission

June 10, 2020 Update:

Given that the Planning office is currently closed to the public and staff are working remotely due to COVID-19, staff has temporarily updated our submittal requirements and Commission meeting schedule.

The next Landmarks Commission virtual meeting will be held on July 13, 2020. All subsequent meetings are yet to be determined.

We are however, keeping our submission deadlines to provide feedback on submissions ahead of when the next meeting is. Temporarily, staff are currently only accepting digital (PDF) submittals - not paper - for all applications. All landmarks submittal materials shall be sent to landmarkscommission@cityofmadison.com. Otherwise, all submittal requirements, as listed on page 2 of the Landmarks Commission Application form, remain the same.

Please note that an individual email cannot exceed 20 MB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present files in a manner that can be accepted. If dividing the submittal materials into multiple, smaller components (in order to meet the email size limit), please clearly indicate the total number of email components in the subject line (e.g.: “Landmarks Application for 123 Elm Street - email 1 of 4”, “…2 of 4”, etc.) and label the email attachments accordingly (e.g.: “Site Plan 1 of 3”, “…2 of 3”, etc.).

Please email hbailey@cityofmadison.com regarding questions involving any changes mentioned above or if you need alternative filing options. 

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Before a building permit can be issued for alterations or new construction on a landmark site or in an historic district, the Landmarks Commission must approve the project and issue a "Certificate of Appropriateness" that certifies that the work will be compatible with the historic character of a building and/or its neighborhood.

Use the Development Services Center to determine if a building permit is needed. Not all projects require a building permit. Likewise, not all projects need to go to the Landmarks Commission. These projects include changes that will not alter the appearance of the building; restoration to an earlier, documentable appearance; most re-roofings; and gutters and downspouts that do not have a raw metal finish. Please contact the Preservation Planner if you have any questions:

To determine whether or not a building is listed as a landmark or in an historic district, use the Property Look-Up Tool on the City Assessors webpage. After entering the property information, go to the Property Information Section and view the Zoning Code. Buildings that are landmarks or in local historic districts will have a HIS prefix to their zoning code.

The Landmarks Commission meets on the following dates:

Last Updated: 06/10/2020