The process of applying for and receiving a Historic Preservation (HP) Permit is very simple and straightforward with just a little advanced preparation. Consult TPC Staff early to ensure a smooth, successful application process — they are here to help!
Applicants complete a simple two-page form which includes a checklist. Applicants provide supporting photographs, brochures, and drawings as necessary and there is no fee for a HP Permit application.
Steps For Property Owners
- Decide on what work you want to do on your property.
- Refer to the district maps and confirm that your property is located in a historic preservation zoned district.
- If your property is located in a HP zoning district, review the design guidelines for your neighborhood to determine the appropriate design and materials for the work you want to do. This is an ideal time to contact TPC Staff, who would be happy to assist you.
- Develop a plan to carry out your work, including drawings of what you want your property to look like upon completion.
- At this point, you are ready to submit a simple application form describing the proposed work.
- Your application will go through the HP Permit review process.
The HP Permit Review Process
The Historic Preservation Permit process is administered through public meetings. Applicants and interested parties are encouraged to attend.
A typical HP Permit application is presented at two meetings* — first to the HP Subcommittee then to the full Tulsa Preservation Commission, at which time a decision to approve or deny the application is made.
- TPC Staff receives HP Permit Application along with supporting plans, photographs and brochures from applicant.
At the HP Subcommittee Meeting, TPC staff presents application to the Subcommittee members.*
- HP Subcommittee decides if the application is complete and votes on a recommendation to the full Commission.
TPC staff presents the application to the full Tulsa Preservation Commission. The HP Subcommitee Chair explains the subcommittee’s recommendation.
The Tulsa Preservation Commission votes whether to approve or deny the application for a Historic Preservation Permit.
If approved, a Historic Preservation Permit is issued to the applicant, typically within a few business days. Applicants who are denied can reapply.
*New construction projects (brand new buildings on cleared land) are reviewed twice at the HP Subcommittee level due to the complexity of the applications.