Interim Demolition Review Process for Buildings Over 40 Years Old


On November 13, 2018, City Council adopted an interim urgency ordinance temporarily revising the demolition review process for building over 40 years old in order to meet the following objectives: 

  • Clarify the Landmarks Commission's authority to exercise its regulatory role in reviewing proposed demolitions
  • Transparency in the public process
  • Clarity for property owners
  • Balancing staff resources across the entire historic preservation program 

This revised process will apply to any demolition permit application filed after November 13, 2018.  The staff report providing the full background is available on here. This interim process is recommended to be in place until January 9, 2020 providing opportunity to monitor and evaluate how the interim review process is meeting objectives.  The below flowchart graphically shows the revised process:

Interim Demolition Review Process Flowchart