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Historic Preservation Planning

All new project submittals should be emailed to

Please note that an individual email cannot exceed 20 MB. It is the responsibility of the applicant to present files in a manner that can be accepted. If dividing the submittal materials into multiple, smaller components (in order to meet the email size limit), please clearly indicate the total number of email components in the subject line (e.g.: “Landmarks Application for 123 Elm Street - email 1 of 4”, “…2 of 4”, etc.) and label the email attachments accordingly (e.g.: “Site Plan 1 of 3”, “…2 of 3”, etc.).

Staff will be in contact regarding administrative approvals for simple projects. Projects that require Landmarks Commission approval need to meet all submittal requirements on page 2 of the Landmarks Commission Application.

Please see the commission schedule for submittal and meeting dates.


The Historic Preservation Section works to protect the historic resources that represent the City's unique and diverse heritage. The City of Madison contains buildings, structures, signs, features, improvements, sites, and areas that have significant architectural, archaeological, anthropological, historical, and cultural value. Local historic designation ensures that the City's growth sensitively incorporates the City's historic resources.

Landmarks and Local Historic Districts

Landmarks and Local Historic Districts retain and enhance buildings and areas that are historically or architecturally significant to the City of Madison. Landmarks and other buildings within the local historic districts need approvals for exterior alterations, new construction, and demolitions by the Landmarks Commission. These approvals help to protect the character of buildings, streetscapes, and neighborhoods.
For information on how to nominate a property or district, please contact our office.


National Register of Historic Places

The National Register of Historic Places is the nation's list of historically significant cultural resources. It recognizes properties, including archaeological sites, that are significant not only nationally, but also regionally and locally. There are over a dozen National Register Historic Districts and numerous individual properties in Madison listed on the National Register.

National Register designation includes financial incentives in the form of two kinds of tax credits; one for the rehabilitation of income-producing property and one for the rehabilitation of single-family residences. Visit the Wisconsin State Historical Society website for more information about these tax credits.

Slaughter-Shuttleworth House
The Slaughter-Shuttleworth House


Last Updated: 05/13/2022