Historic Preservation Commission


Preserving West Lafayette's History for Future Generations

Historic places teach and inspire us. Historic places encourage travel, tourism, economic development and create a more attractive community. Help us preserve West Lafayette's history!

How do I update my house while preserving its history?

Step 1: Determine if you live within a historic district. Consult West Lafayette's Historic District Map here.  

Step 2: Not sure if the work you are planning would require approval? Click here for HPC FAQs and Answers for frequently asked questions. If you are still unsure, contact us at HPC@wl.in.gov or (765) 775-5160.

Step 3: If you live in a historic district and your work requires approval, you will need to complete an Application (Certificate of Appropriateness). Include photos, drawings, or descriptions of improvements, using resource guide and websites. See examples and the application here.

Step 4: Submit copies of application and documentation to HPC@wl.in.gov or WL Historic Preservation Commission, 1200 N. Salisbury, West Lafayette, IN 47906.

Step 5: Attend a Commission Meeting when notified. To view 2020 calendar dates, click here. 

Step 6: Let us know how we did. Fill out our survey here. 

Step 7: Build some history! 

The Commission's Mission

Our mission is to preserve and protect West Lafayette’s historic neighborhoods, thus safeguarding the architectural integrity of these historically significant areas. The Commission reviews Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications from home/business owners for exterior remodeling or new construction or demolition projects requiring authorized approval.

The Commission also provides advice in the maintenance, restoration, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and development of historic buildings. If you’ve got questions about updating or repairing your historic property, we can steer you in the right direction. Contact HPC@wl.in.gov or call (765) 775-5160 if you have any questions.

The Commission is guided by Ordinance No. 19-13 Historic Preservation Commission: Boundaries, Powers, Duties, Guidelines and Procedures. Read the ordinance here. 

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1200 N Salisbury St
West Lafayette, IN 47906

  • Office: (765) 775-5160
  • TTY: 711
  • Office Hours:
    8:00am - 4:30

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