Architectural Review & Historic Preservation

The Architectural Review & Historic Preservation Division is open for business via phone, email and online, however, as a precautionary measure to COVID-19 transmission, effective Tuesday, March 17th we will not be accepting walk in customers at the 4900 West Lemon Street office until further notice. You may reach us by phone at (813) 274-3100 Option 3.

Please note that the Barrio Latino Commission (BLC) public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, commencing at 9:00 a.m. is canceled.   The next public hearing for the Barrio Latino Commission will be Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. 

In addition, the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) public hearings scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2020 and Wednesday, April 8, 2020, commencing at 6:00 p.m., are also canceled.    The next public hearings for the Architectural Review Commission (ARC) will be Monday, May 4, 2020 and Wednesday, May 6, 2020 beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Architectural Review & Historic Preservation is part of Planning & Development Department.       

Historic Preservation is responsible for maintaining the integrity of local historic districts, local historic landmarks and preserving contributing structures by ensuring that any changes to these structures are implemented in a manner that is architecturally appropriate.  In addition, Historic Preservation provides stewardship for Tampa's historic buildings, sites, and recognition of individuals significant in the development of the the community.  These efforts are accomplished through the Architectural Review Commission, Barrio Latino Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission.  Currently there are four Local Historic Districts and 64 Local Historic Landmarks that have been designated and protected within the City of Tampa.

Tampa has been certified by the State of Florida as a local government that has met the criteria for administrating federal and state historic preservation programs.  One of the requirements for certification is that development within historic districts be reviewed by architectural boards/commissions.  The established boards are comprised of Architectural Review Commission  (ARC) , Barrio Latino Commission (BLC) and the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC).

See below for quick links to agendas, schedules and district maps:

Architectural Review Commission:

Barrio Latino Commission:

Historic Preservation Commission:

Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund:

Go to  Historic Preservation Designations  to view Tampa's (Districts, Local Landmarks and Multiple Property Groups)

For further information on the above Commissions, Interstate Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and Historic Preservation Designations look under Information Resources in the left-hand column.


Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness for new construction, additions, exterior repairs can be submitted  online  and check on the status 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at

For instructions on creating an application for Architectural Review Commission and Barrio Latino Commission, please follow this link