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Historic Preservation

Why Single-Family Demolition Notification?#

Note: This notification process applies only to proposed demolitions of single-family residences over fifty years of age to be replaced by a  new single-family construction. Notification regarding the demolition of properties at least fifty years old that are related to non-single-family projects is covered by the standard development review notification process. Partial demolitions for alteration projects do not have a notification requirement under this procedure.

Demolition notification provides an opportunity to ensure important historic, architectural, and cultural resources are not lost without consideration, pursuant to Section 14-6 of Municipal Code. This process provides for consideration of a single-family property at least fifty years old proposed for complete demolition to be replaced by a new single-family construction, and an opportunity for community members to receive notice about that demolition and take action to protect the property through designation, as provided by City Code. 

In order for a Demolition permit to be issued for the complete demolition of a primary single-family dwelling on a property at least fifty years old, the following steps need to be completed:

  1. Contact Historic Preservation Services and provide preliminary plans for the new single-family dwelling. Note: During the subsequent notification period, no abatement can occur on the property.
  2. The next step is staff will include the property on the next available Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) agenda for formal notification to the HPC. During this period:
    • The property is posted with a sign and the public is notified along with a link to any historic information about the property, if available.
    • During that period, three or more residents of the city, or the HPC by resolution, may choose to initiate the Landmark designation process by submitting the necessary information based on the procedure outlined in Section 14-31 of the Fort Collins Municipal Code to Historic Preservation Services (preservation@fcgov.com).
    • At the HPC meeting, the item appears on the consent agenda along with a staff-prepared summary of any easily-accessible historical information about the property, or historic survey results if available. Anyone wishing to speak about the item must request that it be pulled for discussion. 
  3. Within six months of submitting plans under step 2, owners must submit a New Single Family Dwelling permit application for the job site (subject to appropriate Planning, Zoning, and Building Code review). If a permit application is not received within the six-month period, a new notification period will be required.
  4. Assuming no involuntary historic designation has been received by the City and the building permit application is in order, any holds on the demolition permit by Historic Preservation Services are cleared.

Note: Demolition permits for secondary structures on properties over fifty years of age are not subject to this demolition review process, but may still need to comply with the design review provisions of Chapter 14, Article IV of Municipal Code. 

Revised October 1, 2021. 

Website Posting Date Closing Date for Public Nominations Address Date of Construction Proposed Demolition
2/5/2021 pulled (new owner) 610 S. Loomis Ave. 1931 SF Residence (Survey)
2/19/2021

closed

511 N. Grant Ave. 1908 SF Residence
2/24/2021 closed 420 West St. 1952 SF Residence
3/19/2021 closed - involuntary Landmark nomination submitted - recommended to Council for designation. Check HERE for upcoming Council agendas. 528 W. Mountain Ave. 1885 SF Residence (Survey)
3/19/2021 closed 501 Edwards St. 1902 SF Residence
7/15/2021 closed 320 Wood St. 1964 SF Residence (no new construction proposed)