Going Through The COA Process

The process of applying for and receiving a Certificate of Appropriateness 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 one-page form and provide supporting photographs, brochures, and drawings as necessary. There is no fee for a COA application.

Steps For Property Owners

  1. Decide on what work you want to do on your property.
  2. Refer to the district maps and confirm that your property is located in a historic preservation zoned district.
  3. 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.
  4. Develop a plan to carry out your work, including drawings of what you want your property to look like upon completion.
  5. At this point, you are ready to submit a simple one-page application form describing the proposed work.
  6. Your application will go through the COA review process.

The COA Review Process

The Certificate of Appropriateness process is administered through public meetings. Applicants and interested parties are encouraged to attend.

A typical COA application is presented at two meetings* — on Tuesday to the COA Subcommittee and on Thursday to the full Tulsa Preservation Commission, at which time a decision to approve or deny the application is made.


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    TPC Staff receives COA Application along with supporting plans, photographs and brochures from applicant.

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    At the COA Subcommittee Meeting, TPC staff presents application to the Subcommittee members.*

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    COA Subcommittee decides if the application is complete and votes on a recommendation to the full Commission.

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    TPC staff presents the application to the full Tulsa Preservation Commission. The COA Subcommitee Chair explains the subcommittee’s recommendation.
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    The Tulsa Preservation Commission votes whether to approve or deny the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
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    If approved, a Certificate of Appropriateness 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 COA Subcommittee level due to the complexity of the applications.