The Landmark Commission is responsible for making decisions regarding Certificate of Appropriateness applications within all City of Dallas historic districts and individually designated structures. The Commission, a quasi-judicial body, is made up of fifteen members and three alternates, all appointed by City Council. The Commissioners are appointed for a two year term, beginning on September 1 of each odd-numbered year and serve without compensation.
All members must demonstrate outstanding interest in historic preservation and have knowledge and experience in the fields of history, art, architecture, or historic preservation.
Note: The Landmark Commission is a quasi-judicial body. Applicants cannot contact Landmark Commissioners to discuss active or future applications.
Neighborhood Task Forces
Each Dallas Landmark District has an appointed Task Force that meets to discuss current Certificate of Appropriate applications and make recommendations to the Landmark Commission regarding the requests. The Task Force recommendations are forwarded to the Landmark Commission for their consideration at the public hearing.
Note: Task Force will not meet if there are no applications for their district that month.
The Designation committee is responsible for reviewing applications for new City of Dallas landmarks and historic districts. The Designation Committee is an advisory committee appointed by the Landmark Commission and is made up of Landmark Commissioners and citizens. The members are historians, architects, archeologists, preservation consultants and others with demonstrated background and experience in historic preservation. The committee reviews applications for new city landmarks and assists with non-profit applications such as schools, churches and neighborhoods.
Designation Committee recommendations are forwarded to the Landmark Commission for their consideration at the public hearing. The Landmark Commission and City Plan Commission then make recommendations that are forwarded to the City Council for final designation approval.
Agendas for Designation Committee hearings are posted on the open public meetings page. The Committee meets on an 'as needed' basis. In response to several demolitions of several significant historic buildings in Downtown Dallas in the Fall of 2014, Mayor Mike Rawlings and City Council authorized the creation of a task force to look at the current programs, policies, and implementation of the city's historic preservation program. The goal of the committee was to evaluate the effectiveness of the program to protect Dallas' heritage while encouraging the management and growth of downtown and surrounding areas. In 2015, the Committee was instrumental in the creation of the Demolition Delay Overlay District. The Committee's appointment ended in August 2017.