Historic Designation

  1. Nomination
  2. Designation

A. Nomination Procedures

To nominate a structure, site or district for historic designation within the City of Green Bay, a Historic Designation Application shall be completed and submitted to the Planning Department. Applications shall be completed in full and consideration will be given to applications where one or more of the following criteria have been met, per Chapter 13-1502, Green Bay Zoning Code:

  • Exemplify or reflect the broad cultural, political, economic, or social history of the nation, state, or community
  • Are identified with historic personages or with important events in national, state, or local history
  • Embody the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type or specimen inherently valuable for a study of a period, style, method of construction, or of indigenous materials or craftsmanship
  • Are representative of the notable work of a master builder, designer, or architect who influenced his age
  • Have yielded, or may be likely to yield, information important to prehistory or history

Historic Status Properties

Applications for properties that have historic status on either the National or Wisconsin Register of Historic Places need only indicate such status and include information submitted to or available from either the National Park Service or the State of Wisconsin. All properties that enjoy such status either at the time that these procedures are adopted or hereafter shall be presumed to satisfy the criteria for designation in the City of Green Bay Historic Preservation Ordinance.


Anyone, including members of the Landmarks Commission acting in their official capacity, may submit a Historic Designation Application to the Commission. The application is located here . There is no application fee.

After Receipt of Form

Upon receipt of a Historic Designation Application, a copy shall be forwarded to the property owner together with a copy of these procedures. The Landmarks Commission shall then review the Application to determine whether the information presented in the Application may satisfy one or more of the criteria described above for designation as a Historic Structure, District or a Historic Site.

If the Landmarks Commission determines that the property may satisfy one or more of the criteria, they shall then proceed to the Designation Procedure. The property owner may terminate the designation process at any time prior to designation by declining to participate.