Historic Preservation & Development Review: Boards & Commissions

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Starting July 1, 2024, the Planning Division will no longer accept pdf applications submitted via email. Instead, all applications will have to be submitted via the Citizens Action Portal. In the meantime, you can continue to submit pdf applications via email, or you can start using the Citizens Access Portal.

The Citizens Access Portal can be found here: https://ca21.columbus.gov/Permits/Default.aspx
  -If you already have a Citizens Access Portal account, feel free to use your existing account.
  -If you do not have an account, you will have to register for a Citizens Access Portal account.
  -Instructions on how to register and complete the application process can be found here(PDF, 1MB)

We will have further information and instructions starting July 1st once the change takes place.

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The Planning Division serves as staff to 11 separate Boards, Commissions, and Panels. To identify if a property is within a board or commission area use this map and search the address. For the advisory panels, contact either planninginfo@columbus.gov or zoninginfo@columbus.gov. See the list of Boards, Commissions, and Panels below.

Property owners and developers that are making changes to property within these areas may be required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Approval (COA). Changes that may require review by a board, commission or panel include all exterior changes, change of use, signs/graphics, landscaping, demolition, new construction, and/or lot combinations. 

The links to individual boards, commissions, and panels will provide detailed information regarding meeting schedules, agenda, minutes, application materials, contact information, etc.

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Boards, Commissions, & Panel Membership 

Board, Commission, and Panel Members serve in an important role to guide Columbus' growth in a manner that preserves and enhances the unique character of each of our neighborhoods. 

Members are appointed by the Mayor and serve in a volunteer capacity to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness or Certificates of Approval for development in the city's design review areas and historic districts. Development proposals can include new construction, exterior building modifications, exterior site improvements, and exterior graphics. We value Boards, Commissions, and Panels that are diverse and reflect the diversity of the citizens that make up the population of the City of Columbus. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, please send an email with "Member Inquiry" as the email subject to planninginfo@columbus.gov and include a current resume to inquire.