The City of Corvallis is home to over 500 Designated Historic Resources. Most of these resources are located in either the Avery-Helm or College-Hill West National Register of Historic Places Historic Districts. Nearly 150 resources are located outside the Historic Districts but are significant enough to be listed independently in the Local Register of Historic Landmarks and Districts and/or the National Register of Historic Places. The protection, enhancement, and perpetuation of these valuable resources is achieved through the stewardship of individual property owners and regulated by the Land Development Code, Chapter 2.9 – Historic Preservation Provisions.

If your property is a Designated Historic Resource you may need to obtain a Historic Preservation Permit before undertaking work on the site.

There are two types of Historic Preservation Permits:

  • Director-level: Director-level permits are processed administratively by City staff and do not require a public hearing.
  • Historic Resources Commission (HRC)-level: HRC-level permits require a public hearing and are reviewed by the Historic Resources Commission.
There are also several exempt activities that do not require a Historic Preservation Permit.

If your project is not specifically identified as an Exempt activity, you will need to complete a Historic Preservation Permit application for review and approval before beginning work. All Historic Preservation Permit applications must include a General Application Form signed by the property owner, and information outlined in the Application Requirements section of Land Development Code Chapter 2.9 – Historic Preservation Provisions. The application must also address applicable Review Criteria. Review Criteria are used by the decision-making authority to determine compliance with applicable Land Development Code standards.

If you believe your project is Exempt from the need for a Historic Preservation Permit, you are encouraged to submit to Planning Division staff a completed Exempt Activity form. Staff will review this form to confirm that the proposed activity is Exempt. Submitting an Exempt Activity form provides assurance to you that a Historic Preservation Permit is not necessary and alerts City staff of the activity in case neighbors inquire about the work occurring on your property.

Application Packets and the Exempt Activity Form can be downloaded from the table below. The documents may be completed and submitted electronically via email (a signature is required, but may be submitted later).






Historic Preservation Permit applications are free of charge.


Hard copies of applications should be mailed to:
Attn: HPP Application
Community Development - Planning Division
PO Box 1083
Corvallis, Oregon 97339-1083

Applications may also be hand delivered to the Planning Division Office
located on the main level of City Hall.

Please contact the Planning Division, with questions concerning Historic Preservation Permits or the Corvallis Historic Preservation provisions.

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