CRO Applications and Permits
Reviews and Permits including CRO Hotspot to assist citizens in historic districts and to expedite permit review
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
Sometimes small projects (decks, fences, etc.) can be approved at our CRO Hotspot desk in City Hall, or at our offices at 1520 Market Street, Suite 2000. Approved drawings are signed and returned to you to use when you apply for a permit. No further review by Cultural Resources is necessary.
Larger projects may 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 it to us with photos and plans.