The Certificate of Non-Historic Status officially declares a building as non-historic at the local level. This status provides property owners with increased certainty in the demolition process. A Certificate of Non-Historic Status allows a demolition application to be processed without further review by Landmark Preservation for five years.
Properties without a certificate must undergo a demolition review by Landmark Preservation staff, who will determine whether the property has potential for historic designation. Landmark Preservation staff performs these reviews within 10 business days of application submission, per city ordinance. These reviews involve historic research and evaluations by city staff, as dictated by adopted policy. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received.
For certificates issued as part of a general development plan under the zoning code, the certificate shall be valid for up to 10 years.
To apply for a Certificate of Non-Historic Status, the property must not be:
- Pending designation
- Individually designated
- In a historic district