Review of State and National Historic Properties

For any property that is listed on the National Registers of Historic Places or Minnesota State Register of Historic PlacesMinnesota Statutes 116D.04 and Minnesota Rule 4410.4300 Subp. 31 mandates that demolition in whole or part must be reviewed prior to commencement of work. 

In Saint Paul the Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) is the recognized ‘Responsible Government Unit (RGU)’ by the State of Minnesota and oversees the process for review. Review is a two-step process.

PART 1: DETERMINATION OF THRESHOLD

Determination of Threshold Application

The proposed work is reviewed to determine if it meets the threshold of destruction or partial destruction. A Request for Determination of Threshold must be submitted to staff for review.

Proposal types that generally meet the threshold of destruction include:

  • Demolition of any structure built on or before 1930 in the State or National Hill Districts
  • Removal of more than 60% of the overall envelope of the structure

Proposal types that generally DO NOT meet threshold include:

  • Reconstruction of historic features supported through physical or documented evidence
  • Structures built after 1930 in the State or National Hill Districts
  • Removal of siding, windows, roofing, decks, signage, mechanical, skylights, solar, post 1930 additions, secondary elevation porches or secondary elevation bays

For staff to review the threshold, you must submit the following:

  • Request for Determination of Threshold application
  • Photographs of all elevations
  • Documentation supporting date of construction of the affected property
  • Plans of the proposed project showing areas of demolition
  • Calculation of percentage of demolition as compared to overall structure

If staff determines the proposal does not meet threshold, you will be notified and may continue the permitting process with the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI).

If staff determines the proposal meets the threshold, you will be notified and asked to submit a Part 2 application for Determination of Property Status.

PART 2: DETERMINATION OF PROPERTY STATUS

Determination of Property Status Application

In order for Heritage Preservation staff to make a determination, a report shall be submitted which addresses the following:

  • A summary of the history of the structure on the site, notable work or construction
  • An overall history of the building and its uses
  • A description of the overall condition of the building
    • Any specific structural or technical issues need to be substantiated by a professional with documented expertise in historic structures

Staff will determine contributing and non-contributing status of a property based on the date of construction, architectural integrity and alterations (including emergency issues).

If it is determined the property is non-contributing to National Register of Historic Places or Minnesota State Register of Historic Places, you can continue the permitting process with the Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI).

If staff determines the property to be contributing to National Register of Historic Places or Minnesota State Register of Historic Places, an Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) must be completed for the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB). Planning and Economic Development staff will contact you with further information.


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