Historic Preservation Commission


  • 4:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Tuesday of each month, as needed
  • City Hall Council Chambers
  • All applications must be received at least three weeks before the scheduled meeting date

Application for Certificate of Appropriateness (PDF)

  • Required prior to any change of appearance or alteration of an exterior part of a locally historic property - as visible from the street or public way.  

Heritage Hill Historic District Design Guidelines (PDF)


The goals and purpose of the Burlington Historic Preservation Commission are to:

  • Promote the educational, cultural, economic and general welfare of the public through the protection, recognition, enhancement, and perpetuation of landmarks and districts of historical and cultural significance
  • Safeguard the city’s architectural, prehistoric, historic, aesthetic and cultural heritage by preserving landmarks and districts of historic and cultural significance
  • Promote reuse and recycling of both natural and man made resources (as opposed to their replacement)
  • Stabilize and improve property values by conserving historic properties
  • Foster pride in the legacy of beauty and achievements of the past
  • Protect and enhance the city’s attractions to tourists and visitors and the support and stimulus to business thereby provided
  • Strengthen the economy of the city
  • Promote the use of landmarks and districts of historic and cultural significance as places for the education, pleasure and welfare of the people of the city
  • Establish a preservation plan to accomplish the goals

Heritage Hill Historic District

The Heritage Hill Historic District was designated and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Heritage Hill Historic District Inventory-Nomination Form

Downtown Burlington Historic Nomination

The Historic Preservation Commission has received a HRDP grant to complete a historic nomination of the downtown area. This nomination would result in a larger National Register of Historic Places District in the downtown area.

National Register of Historic Places Registration Form

Site Inventory Forms

Downtown Burlington Historic Survey

Manufacturing & Wholesale Historic District

Intensive Survey of the Warehouse District in Downtown Burlington

The Historic Preservation Commission has received a CLG grant from the State Historical Society of Iowa to conduct a historic survey of the downtown Warehouse District area. This survey will determine property and/or district eligibility for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The survey project area is shown in green on the attached map; current National Register properties/districts are highlighted in red. The final report on this project can be found below. Upon completion of the survey project, the Warehouse District was renamed to the Manufacturing and Wholesale Historic District.