Historic Preservation - Program


The older neighborhoods, buildings and settlement patterns of Salt Lake City define the incremental development of the city, and provide its unique identity and ‘sense of place’, as well as a solid foundation for its cultural, social, economic and environmental sustainability and “livability”.

This website provides an information resource for all of us who live, work within or visit Salt Lake City. It includes information and guidance on the city’s historic and cultural resources, how to care for them, and any approvals or incentives which might relate to a project affecting these buildings and districts. Planning staff are available to provide support, advice and guidance with any questions you might have that relate to the historic resources of Salt Lake City.

Historic Resources

Review Process

Standards & Guidelines

Local Districts

National Register Districts

Local Landmark Sites

National Register Sites

Historic Landmark Commission

Citizen Access Portal

Certificate of Appropriateness

Types of Review


Community Preservation Plan

Residential Preservation Handbook

Commercial Design Guidelines

Design Guidelines for Signs



Economic Impact of Historic Preservation in Utah

The results of a study to determine the economic impact of historic preservation in Utah are now available. The jointly funded study, commissioned by Utah Heritage Foundation,  was lead by Donovan Rypkema, principal of Washington, D.C.-based PlaceEconomics, with a consultant team from Washington and Utah. This is the first statewide study carried out in Utah, and findings are now available in Executive Summary and Summary Report form below. A PowerPoint and video of a presentation of the study findings in June 2013 are also included. More information is available on the Utah Heritage Foundation website.

Among the important findings are that Utah benefited by more than $1 billion: $717,811,000 in direct and indirect spending by visitors to Utah heritage sites and special events, and $35,455,268 in investment that stayed in Utah rather then sent to Washington because of projects that utilized the Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit.

Click here to download the Executive Summary (456kb)
Click here to download the Summary Report (1 MB)
Click here to download a print-quality version of the Summary Report (8 MB)
Click here to download the PowerPoint presentation from June 2013 (9.1 MB)
Click here to download the YouTube presentation from June 2013
Click here for the Utah Heritage Foundation site