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.
TPC Staff receives COA Application along with supporting plans, photographs and brochures from applicant.
At the COA Subcommittee Meeting, TPC staff presents application to the Subcommittee members.*
COA 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 COA Subcommitee Chair explains the subcommittee’s recommendation.
The Tulsa Preservation Commission votes whether to approve or deny the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
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.