Apply for Historic Review

Colt Factory Building

Historic review and approval is required before a building permit or demolition permit will be issued for any property in a Local, State, or National Historic District. 

The Planning Division will be temporarily closing its intake counter and online application system to allow for data conversion to a new system from November 15th to November 27th.

Should you have any questions in the interim, please contact



Step 1.Review Application Guidelines

Historic review and approval is required before a building permit or demolition permit will be issued for any property in a Local, State, or National Historic District. Check to see if your property is within a historic district on the planning viewer by selecting the historic district layer.

These requests may need zoning approval after historic approval is issued. No work may begin until a building permit is issued. 

Applications for properties that are located in a historic district may need to be heard by the Historic Preservation Commission. The City has two Historic Commissions that meet on a monthly basis. All applications must be submitted a minimum of 10 business days in advance of the next regularly scheduled meeting in order to be heard at that meeting. 

Step 2.Complete Online Application 

Historic Review Application

You will have to show the plans for your work to the Historic Preservation Commission so that it can make sure that the repair is appropriate. In some cases, the matter can be reviewed and approved by staff. In other cases, you may have to go before the Commission itself. Fill out the application and attach:

  • Existing documentation of the property, structure, and/or exterior area to be modified with photographs
  • Drawings, sketches, plans, elevations, renderings, or other example images that show the existing conditions and proposed design
  • Product specifications/cut sheets for relevant building products such as siding, windows, doors, roofing, railings, etc. 

Pay Fees 

Pay the fees associated with your specific application requests. See Fees for Planning and Zoning for reference. 

Payment can be made in person with credit card or a check made out to the City of Hartford by scheduling an appointment online or by mailing us a check to 260 Constitution Plaza, 1st Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 ATTN: Planning Division.

Step 3.Application Review

Per Connecticut General Statute (state law), public hearings must be initiated within 65 days of receipt of a complete application. After you submit your application, staff will contact you to schedule the hearing. 

Step 4.Public Notice

For commission level reviews, public noticing is required. The conditions and requirements of the public notice may vary depending on the commission that will hear the request. Staff will take care of legal noticing. Applicants will be responsible for contacting neighbors and putting up signage. Refer to the People's Guide to Public Hearings pamphlet for more information. 

Step 5.Historic Review Commission

If applicable, appear before the Historic Review Commission. These meetings provide opportunity for the public to formally comment before a decision is made.

If the approval is granted, all notices of approval must be revised in the city land records before the approval comes into effect. If applicable, apply for appropriate Zoning Permit(s) following the process outlined. 

Step 6.Appealing a Decision

If your request is denied, you have the right to appeal. Appeals are heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals. To file for an appeal you must: 

  1. Complete the application for appeals of administrative decisions and submit it along with the required fee. 
  2. File the appeal for administrative decisions within 15 days or earlier of the following events: Receipt of the order, requirement, or decision from which such person may appeal; the publication of a notice of decision in accordance with CT General Statutes Section 8-3 (relating to the certification of building permits); Actual or constructive notice of such order, requirement, or decision. 
  3. Attend the Zoning Board of Appeals, public hearing regarding your case. If the Zoning Board denies your appeal, you have the right to file for an additional appeal with the Hartford Superior Court. You can contact them at (860) 833-8134.

If denied without prejudice, you have the right to make modifications to your application and reapply.