Historic Preservation

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The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department provides historic preservation planning services through its Current Plans Division. Planning staff are responsible for the following activities:

  • Serving as the staff liaison for the City of Wichita Historic Preservation Board.
  • Maintaining historic preservation planning files on all local, state, and national register-listed properties.
  • Maintaining an Undesignated Historic Resource List.
  • Reviewing Certificate of Appropriateness applications.
  • Administration and marketing of the following City of Wichita programs:
    • Historic Revolving Loan Program
    • Historic Deferred Loan Program
  • Providing historic preservation education opportunities for the public - hosting workshops, publishing materials, and more.
  • Assisting property owners regarding preservation techniques and incentives - through publications, on-site inspections, and more.
  • Managing historic preservation grant projects as appropriate.
  • Review of any activities that might impact the City of Wichita archaeological sites.

The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government. The Certified Local Government program is a partnership between local, state, and federal governments focused on promoting historic preservation. Certification provides the City of Wichita with expert technical advice from the Kansas Historical Society and the National Park Service. Certified communities are also able to access federal funds set aside by the State Historic Preservation Office.

The City of Wichita is a Certified Local Government that is in agreement with the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to conduct state preservation law review on behalf of the SHPO. For more information on state preservation law review, please visit the Kansas State Historical Society's website.

The City of Wichita has an agreement with the Kansas State Historical Society (SHPO) to review projects under the Kansas state preservation law on behalf of the SHPO. The current state preservation law is outlined in K.S.A. 75-2724 and accompanying regulations. The Wichita Major/Minor List delineates which projects can be approved administratively under the state preservation law and which projects are sent to the Wichita Historic Preservation Board for project review.

Review the following documents for more information:

Interactive Map

Historic Preservation GIS Viewer