The City of Frankfort has two National Register Historic Districts within its boundary and is a Certified Local Government that supports, encourages, and requires Historic Preservation within three separate local historic zoning districts. The City has adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance (Article 17 of the Zoning Regulations) and utilizes an Architectural Review Board with both administrative and Board approvals for Certificates of Appropriateness on exterior changes to buildings within these districts.
Architectural Review Board
The City's Architectural Review Board (ARB) generally meets the third Tuesday of each month beginning at 5 p.m. and consists of 7 members - each of whom has a demonstrated historic preservation background.
The ARB hears cases within the SC, SH, or CB historic zoning districts relating to exterior modifications to properties , new construction, additions, demolitions, and reviews local/national register designation request. The Board also acts as the Board of Zoning Adjustment for variance and conditional use permit requests for properties with historic district zoning - CB, SH, and SC.
Kentucky Heritage Council
The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) is the State Historic Preservation Office, responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth. KHC administers both the Kentucky Historic Preservation Tax Credit, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, and the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS)
Preservation Briefs provide guidance in preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work including the repair of historic wood windows, roofing for historic buildings, and exterior additions to historic structures.
The briefs are especially useful when applying for Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program as they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
The property tax moratorium defers the value of improvements to an existing building from the taxable assessment of the property for five years. In other words, your city property taxes continue to be based on the pre-improvement assessment for five years, rather than being raised to reflect a higher assessment resulting from improvements made to the property. For more information, see the forms below.