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:
The City of Wichita's Preservation Ordinance protects the architectural and cultural heritage of the city's historic properties. Recognizing the importance of Wichita's historical and architectural heritage and the need for its protection, the Wichita City Council adopted a Historic Preservation Ordinance in 1975 (Chapter 2.12.1015-1026, as amended). The ordinance created the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) to advise the City Council on City-owned historic resources and to safeguard the architectural and cultural heritage of Wichita through the preservation of its historic resources.
There are over 600 structures in the City of Wichita that are listed in the local, state, and/or national registers of historic places either as individually listed properties or are properties within a historic district. You can look up the location of listed places using the City of Wichita GIS system (link below).
The City of Wichita provides technical preservation services for historic property owners.
Download and review the Historic Preservation Guide for Property Owners (PDF).
The City of Wichita encourages economic development and revitalization through historic preservation. The Historic Revolving Loan Program provides financial assistance for historic property owners.
Review the Historic Revolving Loan Program (PDF) for more details.
- How does a property get listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places and the National Register of Historic Places?
Whether prepared by private citizens or by consultants, most nominations go through at least two drafts before consideration by the Historic Sites Board of Review (HSBR) at one of its quarterly meetings. Kansas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) staff will provide written comments and a marked copy of the nomination to the preparer.
Before a nomination is scheduled for a Review Board meeting, the following three requirements must be met:
- The property has been evaluated for eligibility by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). List a Property.
- An initial draft has been reviewed by SHPO
- The final submittal incorporates suggested revisions, if applicable.
Nominations of Kansas properties to the National Register of Historic Places and/or the Register of Historic Kansas Places may be submitted for review by the National Register staff at the SHPO at any time throughout the year. Every nomination must go before the Historic Sites Board of Review.
- Can a property listed in the Register of Historic Kansas Places or the National Register of Historic Places be demolished?
Yes. There is a local process that must be followed in order to obtain a demolition permit from the Metropolitan Area Building and Construction Department. Contact the Wichita Historic Preservation Office for more information in the Metropolitan Area Planning Department at 316-268-4421.
- How do I know if my property is within a historic district or individually designated?
Please visit our GIS Historical Sites website and click on the "Historic Sites" layer, "Historical Districts" layer, and/or "Old Town" layer.
You may also look through the National Register nomination forms for historic districts to see if your property is contributing or non-contributing to the district.
- Are there any restrictions associated with my property?
Please visit our website for Old Town Guidelines, the Delano Overlay Guidelines, or the Design Guidelines for the North Topeka/Park Place-Fairview/Bitting Historic Districts. Specific questions may be directed to the historic preservation staff.
- 2001 Historic Preservation Plan (PDF)
- 2001 Historic Preservation Plan Appendices (PDF)
- 2022 HPB Correspondence (PDF)
- 41-921 Historic Pres Board Signed Ordinance -1992 (PDF)
- 42-146 Historic Pres Board Signed Ordinance - 1993 (PDF)
- 48-301 Historic Pres Board Signed Ordinance - 2009 (PDF)
- American Bungalow Article - Bungalow on the River (PDF)
- American Bungalow Article - Carthalite, Wichita's Beautiful Concrete (PDF)
- American Bungalow Article - History in Place (PDF)
- American Bungalow Article - The Enduring Charm of Wichita's Douglas Duplexes (PDF)
- Design Guidelines for the East Douglas Historic District (PDF)
- Design in the College Hill Neighborhood (PDF)
- Design Review Guidelines for Topeka-Emporia, North Topeka-10th Street, Park Place-Fairview and Bitting Historic Districts (PDF)
- Discover Historic Wichita! Booklet (PDF)
- Facade Improvement Program and Procedures (PDF)
- Historic Preservation Guide for Property Owners (PDF)
- Historic Revolving Loan Program (PDF)
- July 13, 2020 - My Testimony John Todd HPB Meeting (PDF)
- July 13, 2020 - Public Correspondence HPB Meeting (PDF)
- NRHP Nomination - Century II Civic Center (PDF)
- NRHP Nomination - McCormick-Armstrong (PDF)
- NRHP Nomination - Wichita Public Library Main Branch (PDF)
- Overview - Listing Historic Places (PDF)
- Wichita Existing Buildings- Rehabilitation and Change of Use Code (PDF)
- Wichita Major Minor List 2022 (PDF)
- Wichita Sedgwick County Historic Landmarks (PDF)
- Wichita State Law Agreement 2022 to 2027 (PDF)