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Historic Preservation

NOTICE: The Aug. 10, 2021 Historic Districts Review Board Meeting will be conducted VIRTUALLY on Zoom, starting at 5:30 p.m. For additional information about how to attend, see the agenda on the City’s website: .



Annual Heritage Preservation nominations are now open for the year 2021. Projects need to have been completed in the last 3 to 4 years. Previous nominees can be renominated as long as they did not receive the previous award. Nominations run through March 26, 2021. Please submit your nominations to [bot protected email address] Please see the 2021 Heritage Preservation Awards Nomination Form and Instructions.




To start work with the Historic Preservation Office or to discuss a project with a planner, please fill in the Preliminary Meeting Application Form  and email it to:

Marisa Sargent at [bot protected email address]

Pre-applications are assigned a planner on Wednesdays. You will hear from a planner shortly after they have been assigned your case. 

To check the status and Historic District of your structure please check the City GIS system at:

City GIS Mapping

To turn on Historic Status and Historic Districts, use the layers list and look under Overlay Districts.

Once, you know the status and Historic District, you can review the Ordinance at to see that which applies to your property. Historic Code is specifically located in Section 14-5.2.

If you are inquiring about signs please see the sign code under Section 14-8.10  Only signs that are located in the Historic District and are making requests that exceed the limits listed in this code, need to be approved by the Historic Preservation Office.

For process, status, and previous case questions please contact:

Marisa Sargent at [bot protected email address]

For general maintenance administrative approvals please contact:

Gary Moquino at [bot protected email address] 


If you have a Planner already assigned to your case please contact them directly:

Daniel Schwab at [bot protected email address]

Angela Bordegaray at [bot protected email address]


Staff is Telecommuting and do not alway have access to voice mail. The best means of communication at this time is email. 


upcoming fee schedule changes: 

Effective January 1, 2021 

Pre-Application/Site Visit  $75.00 per request

Administrative Approvals $100.00 per approval

HDRB ..remains the same at 0.5% of construction cost with a $250 minimum and a $2,000 maximum

Exceptions ..decrease to $250.00 per request

Notification Poster $25.00 per poster

HDRB and Administrative Approval appeals $200.00

ARC review cases $100.00

ARC case appeals $100.00

ARC Clearance Permits remain at $10.00



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For information regarding live broadcast, public comment, and case details of the hearings please review the agenda and packet information located at: 


To view Agendas and Packets and make public comment on cases please go to  


 To begin the process with Historic Preservation please fill in our Preliminary Meeting Application Form



 2021 Historic Districts Review Board Hearing Schedule

2021 Archaeological Review Committee Schedule

Historic Districts Review Board application packet checklist with PZR

Archaeological Application Form

Administrative Approval Application Packet


Santa Fe Historic and Archaeological Districts

The Santa Fe Downtown and Eastside Historic District was established in 1957 and the Historic Districts Review Board was formed. The remaining four districts; Westside-Guadalupe Historic District, Don Gaspar Area Historic District, Historic Review Historic District, and Historic Transition Historic District, were all established in 1983. The H-Board or HDRB exists to protect the values of property associated with history and unique architectural details within the Historic Districts.

While archaeologists have been investigating Santa Fe for over 100 years, the Archaeological Districts were formally established in 1987. The ordinance is administered by a five-member Archaeological Review Committee which reviews reports by archaeologists who work to provide clearance permits for construction in Santa Fe’s three Archaeological Districts: Historic Downtown Archaeological Review District, River and Trails Archaeological Review District, and Suburban Archaeological Review District.


Historic District Boundaries

Historic Districts Boundaries Map


Application Submission Procedures

All exterior architectural and hardscape changes within the Santa Fe Historic Districts require an approval either via staff or the Historic Districts Review Board. Staff requires a preliminary meeting (currently via telephone or Zoom) before applications for administrative approval or the Historic Districts Reveiw Board will be accepted. In order to get a  preliminary meeting please fill in a Preliminary Meeting Application Form. During the pre-application meeting, the staff member will disclose what information is necessary and whether the application will be able to be approved by staff or will require HDRB action.


Administrative approvals are for general maintenance and minor alterations to previously approved Historic Districts Review Board approvals. Please submit the information in the Administrative Approval Application Packet. To have an administrative approval reviewed. There is no deadline for these types of applications.


Applications must be complete before the Staff can begin the review process. Submit the application form, all supplemental documentation as required in the Historic Districts Review Board application packet checklist with PZR  in digital format to your assigned case planner.[bot protected email address] Please be sure to include the HDRB application form that is signed by your planner.


For the Preliminary Zoning Review Worksheet, you will need to contact the Current Planning Division to have the document signed.  Please email a copy of your plans, the filled in PZR form, and your legal lot of record to [bot protected email address]Current Planning staff requires at least 5 days to review cases for PZR forms. Please make sure to give them time to do this review prior to the Historic Preservation deadlines. 


For the Historic Districts Review Board, submit complete digital applications to the Historic Preservation Division with your assigned case planner by 11am on the deadline date in order to be placed on the Historic Districts Review Board agenda. The planner assigned to your case will then schedule a meeting with you to provide paper copies of all documents. 


For work which requires review from the ARC please contact an archaeologist from the list of City of Santa Fe Approved List of Archaeologists and Historians 2020. The archaeologist will be the point of contact with HPD Staff. If you are unsure if the project requires ARC clearance, please contact the Historic Preservation Division Archaeological Liaison at [bot protected email address]In order to assist you, the liaison will need the address and scope of work you are planning. You may also review the Land Development Code Article 14-3.13.


Scope of Work Procedures

STAFF REVIEW: Staff level review includes: color changes, roof repair, awnings, stucco repair, fences under 4’ high, pavement, hardscaping, and mechanical equipment. Please submit documents  listed on the Administrative Application Checklist for any proposed work. These documents should be sent in digital format to [bot protected email address].

BOARD REVIEW: Board level review includes: rehabilitation, alterations, additions, new construction, windows, fences over 4’ high, demolition, and building relocation. Once the site-visit is completed, please send digital documents by the deadline to your assigned case planner. The planner will schedule a time for dropoff of paper copies. Please see the above schedule for deadline dates.


Application Review Time

STAFF REVIEW: Review and Administrative Approval issuance may take up to ten (10) working days upon receipt of the completed application form, supplemental documentation, and filing fee.

BOARD REVIEW: Upon receipt of the completed application form, supplemental documentation, and filing fee on the application deadline date approval will take sixty (60) to ninety (90) days.


Meeting Schedule

The Historic Districts Review Board meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (except December where the second Tuesday is the only Hearing) at 5:30 pm via Zoom until further notice. Please see the meeting agenda for the Zoom meeting details. The meeting is open and the public is welcome to attend and comment. Please view the 2021 Historic Districts Review Board Hearing Schedule


The Archaeological Review Committee meets on the first Thursday (except when otherwise noted to accomodate holidays) of each month at 3:30 pm via Zoom until further notice. Please view the 2021 Archaeological Review Committee Schedule


Building Permit

A Building Permit is required in addition to the Historic Preservation Division’s approval. Check the City’s Building Permit Division website at for more details. HPD reviews all permits issued in the Historic Districts and all permits that meet threshold requirements within the Archaeological Review Districts.

A Historic Preservation Division approval is not an exemption from meeting City infrastructure requirements. Contact the City’s Building Permit Division for further information regarding infrastructure requirements.


Policies and Interpretations

City of Santa Fe Land Development Code


                    Article 14-2.6:  HISTORIC DISTRICTS REVIEW BOARD

                              (A)       Designation

                              (B)       Delegation

                              (C)       Powers and Duties

                              (D)       Membership and Procedures

                    Article 14-2.7:  ARCHAEOLOGICAL REVIEW COMMITTEE

                              (A)       Designation

                              (B)       Delegation

                              (C)       Powers and Duties

                              (D)       Membership and Procedures

                              (E)       Qualifications for ARC Members; Qualifications for Archaeologists, Historical Archaeologists and Historians


                    Article 14-3.13:  ARCHAEOLOGICAL CLEARANCE PERMITS

                              (A)       Purpose and Intent

                              (B)       Applicability

                              (C)       Procedures

                              (D)       Other General Provisions

                              (E)       Approval Criteria / Archaeological Significance

                     Article 14-3.14: DEMOLITION OF HISTORIC OR LANDMARK STRUCTURE

                              (A)       Summary of Procedure

                              (B)       Hearing Required

                              (C)       Staff Review and Report

                              (D)       Referral to Archaeological Review Committee

                              (E)       Appeals

                              (F)       Denial of Demolition Request

                              (G)       Standards

                    Article 14-3.15: MINOR MODIFICATIONS

          Article 14-5: OVERLAY ZONING DISTRICTS

                    Article 14-5.2    HISTORIC DISTRICTS

                               (A)          General Provisions

                               (B)          Minimum Maintenance Requirements

                               (C)         Regulation of Significant and Contributing Structures in the Historic Districts

                               (D)         General Design Standards for All H Districts

                               (E)          Downtown and Eastside Design Standards

                               (F)          Historic Review District

                               (G)         Historic Transition District

                               (H)         Don Gaspar Area Historic District

                               (I)           Westside-Guadalupe Historic District

                               (J)          Creation of Historic Districts

                               (K)          Historic Compounds

                               (L)          Landmarks

                               (M)         State Capital Outlay Projects

                               (N)         County and Santa Fe Public Schools Capital Outlay Projects

                    Article 14-5.3    ARCHEOLOGICAL REVIEW DISTRICTS

                               (A)          Purpose

                               (B)          Application to State and Its Agencies, Political Subdivisions or Instrumentalities

                               (C)         Establishment of Districts; Boundaries

                               (D)         Archaeological Clearance Permit Required


For more information please contact the [bot protected email address] at or 505-955-6661.






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