City Of Greeley

Historic Register

The Greeley Historic Register was established to preserve Greeley's historic resources.

The City of Greeley Historic Preservation Specialist will help interested applicants through the nomination process for potentially eligible properties, including explanation of the process and benefits and obligations of designation, and assistance in determining eligibility and significance of a property.

Owner Nomination/Designation Process

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Designation is a five-step process which takes 60-90 days from the time the application is submitted to the public hearing where the Commission votes on the designation.

Step 1: Pre-application conference. Meet with the Historic Preservation Specialist to review the property’s significance and to discuss the details of the designation process. Any owner may nominate their property, area or structure for designation.

Step 2: Formal application. Complete the Greeley Historic Register Nomination Packet including the application form and the Historic Building Inventory Form, and submit them along with a copy of the legal description of the property, exterior photos of all sides of the building and a $50 application fee to the Historic Preservation Office.

Step 3: Notification. The owner of the nominated property is notified, a public hearing is scheduled, and a public notice is posted on the property.

Step 4: Public Hearing. A hearing is held before the Historic Preservation Commission. Following a staff report on the merits of the application, the applicant may make a presentation in support of designation. Any other persons wishing to speak either for or against the application will be heard.

Step 5: Disposition. Approval or denial of the nomination shall be granted after the Commission has heard all interested parties and relevant evidence. In the case of non-owner nominations, the Commission will review the case in the public hearing process and make a recommendation to the City Council regarding designation. City Council will be the final decision making authority on all non-owner nominations.


For a potential historic property or district which had been nominated but not yet designated, legal protection for the nominated property shall be afforded for one hundred twenty (120) days until its status is determined. Permits to alter or remodel the exterior of a property or to build, relocate, or raze shall not be issued during that 120 day period, except by written exemption by the Commission under the certain criteria. For more information, contact the Historic Preservation Office.

Non-owner and district nominations
The Planning Commission, Greeley Urban Renewal Authority, Downtown Development Authority or any preservation organization including nonprofit historic preservation groups may nominate a property, district, area or structure for designation subject to all the rules and procedures of this entire Chapter. Non-owner individual nominations are to be reviewed under stricter protections and must meet criteria of overwhelming historic importance to the entire community.

District nominations. Two (2) or more individuals may nominate a district within which they own property by attaching a petition with signatures of property owners within the district showing support of the nomination. Districts require a district designation plan, neighborhood meeting and an owner vote prior to going forward to a designation hearing. Greater than 50% of returned votes must be in favor of historical designation or the nomination fails.

In the case of non-owner and district nominations, the Commission makes a recommendation to Council for the final decision.

Benefits of Designation
Recognition: Your property will receive recognition for its special historical, architectural, and/or geographical significance in Greeley’s history.

Protection, Permanence, Stability: Designation will ensure that your property’s historic qualities will be maintained in the future, independent of its ownership.

Grant Funds: Designated public and non-profit properties are eligible to apply for grant money to do preservation, rehabilitation or restoration work on a property through the State Historical Fund of the Colorado Historical Society. A public or non-profit entity can apply for grant funds on behalf of private property owners.

Loans: You will be eligible to apply for the City of Greeley’s Low Interest Loan Program for the exterior maintenance of historic structures. This loan is available to all individually designated properties and contributing properties in a designated historic district, and to State and National Register listed properties.

Increased Value: Historic designation may significantly increase the value of your property and surrounding neighborhood.

Design Assistance: You may obtain architectural advice and ideas through the design review process of the Historic Preservation Commission.

Tax Credits: You may qualify for a Colorado Historic Preservation Income Tax Credit of 20% of qualified costs, up to a maximum credit of $50,000 per qualified property, if the eligible preservation rehabilitation costs are $5,000 or more. This credit can be carried forward for ten years. This tax credit is available to all individually designated properties and contributing properties in a designated historic district, and to State and National Register listed properties.  Download this addendum to the state tax credit application, it provides very important information and reminders.

Building Permit Fee Refund: Building permit fees for qualifying interior and exterior restoration, preservation and rehabilitation projects will be refunded by the City Finance Department upon completion and approval of the project.

Neighborhood Renewal and Pride of Ownership: Historic properties and districts often contribute to the revitalization of neighborhoods as visual symbols of our history that promote pride in the community.

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Obligations of designation
You must apply to the Commission to alter, move or demolish a structure. Apply to the Commission if you plan major exterior alterations, repairs, rehabilitation, reconstruction or new construction. If you plan repairs, routine maintenance, landscaping, low fences or walls, or painting, contact the Historic Preservation Specialist to determine if an application to the Commission will be required.  There is no obligation to restore or rehabilitate your property .