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Any project that involves changing the exterior of a property, including additions, new construction, demolition, moderate repair, and/or replacement of architectural features, requires Landmark Commission review. Minor repair or replacement of architectural features, most fencing, rear decks and other items allowed under administrative approval, may be reviewed by the historic preservation officer during the building permit process and often will not require further review.
To determine if your project requires Landmark Commission review, you should contact the Development Services Department at 409-797-3660 to discuss the planned work well in advance of the anticipated start of construction.
All review of work will be based on the Design Standards for Historic Properties.
These guidelines were created utilizing the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, as developed by the National Park Service.
Article 10 of the Land Development Regulations, provides for the creation by City Council of historic districts and the Landmark Commission to administer and regulate the construction, reconstruction, alteration, or razing of buildings and other structures in the districts.
It is recognized that Galveston is known nation-wide for its historic architecture, cultural, and historical traditions and for the preservation of these resources. Through this ordinance, the City Council aims to preserve, enhance, and perpetuate those aspects of the city that have historical, cultural, and architectural merit.
No, interior alterations are not reviewed by the Landmark Commission. However, you should contact the Building Division to determine if building permits are required for your project.
As with all other boards in the City of Galveston, the application process takes approximately four to six weeks. The Development Services Department must notify the surrounding property owners of the proposed project. A staff report is also prepared for submission to the Landmark Commission.
The Landmark Commission meets on the first and third Mondays of each month.
The Commission consists of seven members: