Historic Preservation

About Broomfield's Local Historic Landmark Process



Broomfield has a history that dates back to the 1800s and with the press of modern development, residents have come together to find ways to preserve the agricultural and social history from that era to the present day.

The Historic Landmark Board wishes to foster civic pride in the beauty and accomplishments of the past, create eligibility for state and/or federal grant monies to restore, stabilize and preserve landmarks in Broomfield that reflect the outstanding elements of the city's cultural, artistic, social, economic, political, architectural, historic and other heritage. To do this, the Board provides a procedure for designating historic landmarks.

Local historic landmark designation offers the greatest protection against demolition or incompatible alterations to areas and buildings in addition to providing a mechanism for state and federal historic preservation programs and tax incentives.

What is an "Historic" Property?



Historic properties are at least 50 years old with architectural, social, geographic or environmental importance. The historic property will:
  • Exemplify specific elements of an architectural style or period
  • Illustrate the work of an architect or builder recognized for expertise
  • Demonstrate superior craftsmanship or high artistic value
  • Represent an innovation in construction materials or design
  • Represent a style particularly associated with the Broomfield area
  • Represent a built environment of a group of people in an era of history
  • Illustrate a significant historic remodel and identify the site of an historic event
  • Exemplify cultural, political, economic or social heritage of the community
  • Represent an association with a notable person, or the work of a notable person
  • Represent a typical example or association with a particular ethnic group
  • Represent a unique example of an event in Broomfield?s history
  • Enhance a sense of identity of the community
  • Consist of an established and familiar natural setting or visual feature of the community

About Historic Districts



Historic districts are allowed in Broomfield only if all property owners within the district boundaries provide written approval.

Nominating a Property for Historic Designation



A property owner, any board or commission in Broomfield or the City Council may nominate a property, area, building or structure for historic landmark designation.

If the nomination comes from someone other than the property owner, the property owner must give permission for the nomination before it will be accepted for review by the Historic Landmark Board. Application Form

What Are the Benefits?



Complying with local, state and federal preservation requirements for maintaining historic properties can bring tax credits and other preservation incentives to property owners.

Because properties designated as local historic landmarks must be maintained adequately and historic features preserved, modifications or alterations, removal or demolition of historical properties require the permission of the Historic Landmark Board.