The Memphis Landmarks Commission (MLC) is responsible for preserving and protecting the historic, architectural and cultural landmarks in the City of Memphis. As such, MLC reviews zoning requests and work that is visible from the street, including new construction, demolition, relocation of structures, and different types of exterior alterations in the historic districts. The Landmarks Commission is staffed by the Office of Planning and Development.
Design Guidelines and Boundaries
At present, there are thirteen historic preservation districts administered by the Memphis Landmarks Commission. Click below to view maps of the individual districts. View a map of all of the districts (Landmarks Districts are indicated by green outlines).
Download the Memphis Historic Preservation Plan, approved by the Memphis City Council in 1997.
Regulations for Protected Housing Zones
If a property owner within a historic district seeks a building permit for exterior work, the owner must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from MLC. To obtain the COA, the property owner must submit a COA Application Form, a COA Application Certification Form, site plans, measured drawings of elevations, and floor plans to MLC by the appropriate application deadline.
View a fee schedule for COA applications to the Memphis Landmarks Commission.
Please review the documents below to obtain additional information and a more detailed description of the design review process:
Guide One: Design Review Process (description of the design review process)
Guide Two: COA Application Instructions (step-by-step guide)
Guide Three: COA Application Requirements (details of the application process)
Guide Four: COA Application Form (required in order to obtain a COA)
Guide Five: COA Application Certification Form (address and agreement certification)