Memphis Landmarks Commission

Meetings


  • 4:00 PM
  • Fourth Thursday of the month*
  • City Council Chambers, 125 N. Main St., Memphis TN 38103
* November and December meetings are held on the third Thursday
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You can view Landmarks Commission meetings on the Memphis City Council website.
 

Contact

Brian Bacchus, 576-6601
125 N. Main Street, Suite 468

 
Members

The Landmarks Commission is made up of nine individuals, appointed by the Mayor of the City of Memphis and confirmed by the Memphis City Council.  The current members are as follows (click on their name to send an email): Joyce Cox (Chair), Joy Doss, Alison England, Stanley Hyland, Keith Kays, Robert Norcross, Neil Prosser, Cyndy Tucker and Andre Wharton.


Agendas


Most Recent Agenda | View All

Bylaws


View the Commission's Bylaws.


Responsibilities


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
 

Deadlines and Applications

Click here to download the 2017 application deadlines and upcoming Commission meetings.
Click here for an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (for exterior improvements to properties within the historic districts.
Click here for an application for a new historic district.
Click here for a request for an economic hardship hearing.
   

Pending Applications


MLC 17-138: CENTRAL GARDENS: 1420 Goodbar
MLC 17-139: CENTRAL GARDENS: 710 S. Barksdale
MLC 17-145: CENTRAL GARDENS: 1849 Central
MLC 17-146: EVERGREEN: 1709 Forrest 

To view the Minor Certificates of Appropriateness, click here.
  

Staff Reports

Click here to view the most recent staff reports published for the Landmarks Commission.



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. The individuals listed below as neighborhood contacts have volunteered to serve as liaisons for potential applications to be filed with the Landmarks Commission within their respective districts.  View a map of all of the districts (Landmarks Districts are indicated by green outlines).

Preservation Plan


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)