The City of Santa Fe Historic Preservation Division
The City of Santa Fe Historic Preservation Division (HPD) exists to assist community members living in one of the City's five historic districts with modifications to their properties. The HPD staff administers the City's ordinances for the historic districts and the archaeological review districts.
Click here to access agendas for the HDRB and the ARC on PrimeGov.
Currently, the HDRB and the ARC are being held via Zoom. The public can participate and make a public comment using the instructions provided on the HDRB or ARC agendas found on PrimeGov.
The HDRB and ARC virtual hearings can be viewed on the City's Youtube channel.
The HPD administers staff approvals as well as assists applicants with taking cases for review before the Historic Districts Review Board (HDRB) and the Archaeological Review Committee (ARC).
Applicants whose projects need to comply with the archaeological ordinance or need to apply for an ARC hearing can find out more here.
Applicants wishing to make modifications to properties within any of the five historic districts must fill out a Historic Districts Application Form. After a request is made, the case will be assigned to an HPD staff member to assist in fulfilling the request.
Administrative approvals are staff approvals provided for general maintenance or minor alterations to any property within one of the five historic districts.
The HDRB is the quasi-judicial body that reviews the historic status and modification of buildings and structures that cannot be administratively approved within the City of Santa Fe’s five historic districts. The HDRB meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. Click here for an HDRB hearing schedule. A list of required items to be submitted to staff is provided here.
To begin the process of either receiving administrative approval or to receive assistance with presenting a case to the HDRB, please fill out the Historic Districts Application Form and return it via email. There is a $75.00 fee for initiating the application.
For application submissions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For General Information and Historic Preservation walk-in questions, please get in touch with the Historic Preservation Division:
Monday: 1-5 pm
Wednesday: 1-5 pm
Friday: 8-12 pm
Historic Districts Process
Life-safety issues are considered emergencies. These may include an actively leaking roof, sewer, or utility line break that impacts another structure or requires ground disturbance. In the case of an emergency or the discovery of a potential burial site, please get in touch with our office at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Life-safety issues are considered emergencies where administrative approval may be granted.
- For Historic Districts, navigate to the layers and turn on the "Historic Districts" and "Historic Buildings Status" layers.
- Regulation of Historic Status: See Section 14-5.2(C)
- General Design Standards: See Section 14-5.2(D)
- Downtown and Eastside: See Section 14-5.2(E)
- Historic Review District: See Section 14-5.2(F)
- Historic Transition District: See Section 14-5.2(G)
- Don Gaspar Area: See Section 14-5.2(H)
- Westside-Guadalupe: See Section 14-5.2(I)
- For signs in the Historic Districts, see 14-8.10(H).
- All signs in the Historic Districts must comply with 14-8.10.
- Signs are reviewed by the HDRB when they do not comply with the zoning code.
Archaeological Review Districts
- For Archaeological Review Districts, navigate to the layers and turn on the "Archaeological Review Districts" layer.