Heritage preservation applications and public hearings

You can find applications for public hearings, and learn how your application is considered by the commission.

Our process

Preparing an application

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) oversees heritage preservation and historic districts in the city.

Learn more about heritage preservation

CPED staff reviews all changes to historic designated properties.

  • Review is commonly limited to exterior changes to a property.
  • In some cases, the interior of a property is designated as historic and also requires a review.
  • CPED staff can approve small projects with minor alterations to a property.
  • For larger projects that include major changes, CPED staff conducts a review and presents their recommendations to the Heritage Preservation Commission.

See our guide to the historic preservation process

To determine what application you need to complete, please contact CPED staff.

See historic preservation applications

Public notice means letting the public know about certain types of legal proceedings. The City publishes notices in its official paper, Finance & Commerce.

Also, we send notices to neighbors of the application 21 days before the public hearing.

Public hearing

At the public hearing, the commission might discuss your application or consider it under a consent agenda. Here's how they differ:

Discussion Consent
  • CPED staff and the applicant present the application to the commission for its consideration.
  • Member of the public may sign up to speak about it.
  • Commission members may have questions or discuss the application before taking a vote.
  • The commission considers multiple consent items together and vote on them as a single item without discussion.
  • These are standard or non-controversial items.
  • These applications do not have a presentation.

Learn how to participate in a meeting


If your application is denied, you have 10 days after the Heritage Preservation Commission meeting to appeal.

Learn how to file an appeal

City Council will consider your appeal at its Business, Housing & Zoning Committee.

Contact us

Heritage Preservation

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415