Historic Preservation Information

The City of Frankfort has 2 National Register Districts within its boundary and is a Certified Local Government that supports, encourages, and requires Histroric Preservation within three separate local historic zoning districts. The City has adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance (Article 17 of the Zoning Regulations (PDF)) and utilizes an Architectural Review Board with both administrative and Board approvals for Certificates of Appropriateness on exterior changes to buildings within these districts.

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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, acts as the BZA for variances and conditional use permits, and reviews local/national register designation request.

Special Capital Local Historic District - Possible Changes Under Review

The Zoning Update Committee will be meeting in the near future to continue discussions concerning possible code changes and boundary changes to the historic guidelines for the Special Capital (SC) local historic Zoning District. View the supporting document (PDF) to this meeting.

Preservation Briefs

Preservation Briefs provide guidance n preserving, rehabilitating, and restoring historic buildings. These NPS Publications help historic building owners recognize and resolve common problems prior to work.

The briefs are especially useful to Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program applicants because they recommend methods and approaches for rehabilitating historic buildings that are consistent with their historic character. Learn more about preservation.

Cafe Permits

If you would like to set up chairs and or other features within the sidewalk area of downtown, an annual permit is required for review and approval. These are currently limited to eating and drinking businesses. View or download the Cafe Permit Application (PDF) or the Conditions for Cafe Permits (PDF).

Historic Zoning Map (PDF)

Local historic zoning map will all areas

Related Documents

Downtown Frankfort website
Kentucky Heritage Council website