Memphis Landmarks Commission

Due to Novel Coronavirus
(COVID-19) concerns our planners will be telecommuting, starting Friday, March 20th until further notice.


All COA Applications shall be delivered to brett.ragsdale@memphistn.gov and ayse.tezel@memphistn.gov

Fee payments and mailing labels shall be mailed to or dropped in the OPD Box at this location:
Office of Construction and Code Enforcement
Attn: OPD
6465 Mullins Station Rd.
Memphis, TN 38134

Please send us an email for all inquiries.


Meetings


  • Commission: 4:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of the month.
  • City Council Chambers, 125 N. Main St., Memphis TN 38103
  • Design Review Meeting: 8:30 AM on the first Thursday of the month.
  • Conference Room A, 4th Floor, 125 N. Main St., Memphis TN 38103
* November and December meetings are held on the third Thursday. Please see the Application Deadlines calendar for more information.
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You can view meetings of the Landmarks Commission live on YouTube.

To watch archived meetings go to the Memphis City Council website 
here by clicking on the "City Council" tab at the bottom of the homepage, then "Watch Meetings Online" on the right. To view archived meetings, go to "Other Organizations" at the bottom and then the blue "Landmarks Commission" tab in the middle of the page).


Contacts

Brett Ragsdale, Executive Secretary
Brian Bacchus
Ayse Tezel 
(901) 636-6619
125 N. Main Street, Suite 468


Commission 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, Felecia BoydRobert Norcross, Neil Prosser, Cyndy Tucker, Peter Warren, and Natasha Strong.


Application Deadlines

Click here to download the 2020 Application Deadlines and upcoming Commission meetings.


Application Forms

Certificate of Appropriateness


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 the Memphis Landmarks Commission (MLC). To obtain the COA, the property owner must submit an application form with all required application materials and fees by the appropriate application deadline.

Click here for an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior improvements to properties within the historic districts.

Here is the fee schedule for COA applications to the Memphis Landmarks Commission.


Other Application Forms


Click here for an application for a new historic district.
Click here for a request for an economic hardship hearing
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Pending Applications


Click here to view the pending Certificates of Appropriateness with the Landmarks Commission.
  

Staff Reports

Click here to view the most recent staff reports and Minor COAs approved by the Landmarks Commission.

Agendas
Most Recent Agenda | View All 
Minutes

Most Recent Minutes | View All 

Bylaws

View

 the Commission's Bylaws.

Responsibilities

The Memphis Landmarks Commission (MLC) was created by Ordinance No. 2276, passed by the Memphis City Council on July 15, 1975 (now codified as Chapter 14-24 of the Memphis Code of Ordinances). The MLC is responsible for preserving and protecting the historic, architectural and cultural landmarks in the City of Memphis. As such, the 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. Originally staffed by the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development, the Office of Planning and Development has provided staff support to the Commission since 1996.

Maps of Local and National Districts
  • Map with Local Landmarks Districts (see links below for maps of individual districts with greater detail) *Note: The Memphis Landmarks Commission only reviews projects within local landmarks districts. 
Design Guidelines and Boundaries


At present, there are sixteen 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. Applicants are encouraged to contact them before filing with the Commission. View a map of all of the districts (Landmarks Districts are indicated by green outlines). This form contains the approval dates and ordinance numbers for each district.

Preservation Plan


Download the Memphis Historic Preservation Plan, approved by the Memphis City Council in 1997.