Historic Preservation Commission
  • Description

    Reviews and acts upon all applications for certificates of appropriateness; reviews and makes recommendations to the City Council on proposals for designation of historic districts, amendments to boundaries of existing historic districts, and repeal of existing historic districts; cooperates with property owners and City agencies and departments to develop preservation solutions and plans; furthers the historic preservation efforts in the city; makes recommendations for the listing of a historical district or site in the National Register of Historic Places.

  • General Requirements

    GENDER BALANCE REQUIRED - Six at-large members and two residents from each designated historic district. At the time of their appointment, each member shall have a demonstrated interest in historic preservation. Within one year of their initial appointment, each person shall attend at least one training seminar providing training on the duties of a local historic preservation review commission. Each member of the City Council may recommend a candidate to fill one of the at-large positions on the commission. The mayor may recommend candidates to fill each of the positions to be held by a resident of a designated historic district.

  • Professional Requirements

    Each of the at-large members shall have at least one of the following professional qualifications: architect, urban planner, structural or civil engineer, historian, sociologist, real estate broker, or builder.

  • Membership Term Information

    Three years

    • Term Limits

      Term limits apply

    • Term Expiration

      Sherman Hill - October 18th; Owl's Head - March 28th

  • Meeting Information

    • Meeting Freqeuency

      Third Wednesday of each month

    • Meeting Time

      5:30 PM

Meeting Location
  • Municipal Services Center / Floor Board Room - Room: Second floor
  • 1551 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway
  • Des Moines, Iowa 50317
City Staff
  • Jason VanEssen 283-4147
  • Michael Ludwig 283-4810