CRO Applications and Permits

Reviews and Permits including CRO Hotspot to assist citizens in historic districts and to expedite permit review

Applications and Permits

The Cultural Resources Office reviews permit applications for exterior work to City Landmarks and structures located in City Historic Districts, applying the appropriate Rehabilitation or New Construction Standards.  No permit may be issued without the Cultural Resources Office or the Preservation Board's approval. Applications in CRO areas are referred automatically to the Office by the Building Division, and approved within a few days, unless the work does not comply with the Standards or additional information is required.
More information about CRO Permit Review

Work in Progress

CRO Hotspot

Sometimes small projects (decks, fences, etc.) can be approved at our CRO Hotspot desk in City Hall. Approved drawings are signed and returned to you to use when you apply for a permit. No further review by Cultural Resources is necessary.

Preliminary Reviews for Large Projects

Large projects such as construction of a new building, may choose to apply for a Preliminary Review, by the CRO staff or by the Preservation Board.  If started early enough in your project schedule, it can avoid last-minute delays.  The staff can help in planning your project so that it will comply with the district standards.  There is no charge for this review. Projects with Preliminary Approval receive expedited review when permit application is made.  Our Preliminary Review Policy details the process further.

To initiate this review, fill out a Preliminary Review Form and submit it with photographs and preliminary or schematic plans.  The Preservation Board adopted a Preliminary Review Policy and Procedures in March 2014 that describes how this type of review will be used. You may also e-mail the form (please include photos and plans) to Bennett Anderson, Preservation Board Secretary.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT an application for a Building Permit. Permits must be applied for in person at City Hall, Room 425. City Hall is located at 1200 Market Street.

For more information, call the Permit Section at (314) 622-3313 or go to their webpage.

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