In 1982, the City Council adopted a Historic District Ordinance and established a Historic District Board of Review to implement the ordinance. The Board is composed of seven local citizens appointed by the Mayor and City Council to serve for 3 years. They meet once a month to consider applications submitted by Historic District property owners for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to allow them to make exterior changes to the structures on their property.
The Board meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall to review submitted applications. The City’s Preservation Coordinator presents an overview of each project. Citizens are encouraged to share their support or concerns about the proposal. The Board votes to approve or deny the application based on its compliance with the City’s Residential and Commercial Guidelines.
Madison’s Office of Historic Preservation is staffed to help Historic District property owners with information about the historic regulations and assist them in filling out their applications.
Contact Preservation Coordinator, Nicole Schell, with your questions. Ph: 812-274-2750
Visit the City’s website to learn more about application deadlines, Board meeting dates and what items can be fast-tracked.