Submittal Requirements - Historic Preservation Applications

Per Section 10-9-1.5(B)2. of the Unified Land Use Code (ULUC), these Submittal Requirements are established by the Director of Community Development and are required for use by all applicants.

Applicable Processes



The Historic Preservation Applications processes follow the City of Littleton’s Development Review Process. Table 10-9-3.9.1 Development Review Summary in the ULUC can be referred to for more details on each process. The table below summarizes the steps required prior to a complete application being assigned to a project planner and sent on referral.


Certificate of Appropriateness X X
Certificate of Demolition X X
Certificate of Economic Hardship X X
Designation of Historic Landmarks & Districts X X X

Submittal Requirements

Submittal Items


Submittal Items Certificate of Appropriateness Certificate of Demolition Certificate of Economic Hardship Designation of Historic Landmarks & Districts
1. Application Fees R R R R
2. Application Form (Online) R R R R
3. Certificate of Appropriateness Plan Set R
4. Decision Criteria Narrative R R
5. Economic Hardship Information R
6. Electronic Materials Board R
7. Historic Building Survey A A A A
8. Copy of denied COA R
9. Landmark Designation Application R
10. Letter of Authorization A A A A
11. Letter of Intent R R R R

Content & Formatting

Only complete applications will be accepted. The names of files uploaded into eTRAKiT should match the submittal item. Extra verbiage or internal case numbers should be removed. Staff may require the applicant to submit additional information or exhibits, not listed in the table above, in response to unique circumstances or based upon information received from referral agencies or other sources.

Information as checked to be provided on the Certificate of Appropriateness Plan Set

Cover Sheet

☐ Title should be written in large type across the cover page and every sheet within the COA plan set. Please use the following format as shown in this example:

Certificate of Appropriateness
The __________ Residence/Building
Insert Address
A Contributing/Non-Contributing Property
In the __________ Historic District (if in a historic district)
Case No. COA____ - ________
(include related case numbers in parentheses here)

☐ Statement of intent (list all modifications)
☐ Legal description of property
☐ Owner, applicant and architect contact information
☐ Signature blocks (see attachment)
☐ Index of drawings, if more than 2 sheets
☐ Number all sheets
☐ Date of plan submittal

Standard notes to place on the Cover Sheet (include notes as checked)

☐ The property is a City of Littleton Historic Landmark. Ordinance __________.
☐ The property is a contributing/non-contributing structure in the Downtown/Louthan Heights Historic District.
☐ Approval of a certificate of appropriateness (COA) shall be required prior to issuance of building permits for exterior work as shown on this plan.
☐ Approval of a sketch plan/site development plan shall be required prior to issuance of building a permit.
☐ Signage shown on this plan is for illustrative purposes only and has not been reviewed for compliance with the sign code. A sign permit shall be submitted to the city for review and approval.
☐ All glass shall be translucent and clear in color.
☐ All mechanical equipment shall be screened from view from adjacent properties.
☐ Any changes to the COA must first be approved by the city.


☐ Historical Photographs of the structure or site, if available. The Littleton Museum has a substantial historic photograph collection. Please contact the Museum at 303-795-3950 to make an appointment with the Research Center to view the collection. There is a fee to have photographs copied. If date of photo is known, please include. Pictures obtained from the Littleton Museum that are used on the plan set must credit the Museum. If no historic photographs are found, please include this information in the letter of intent.
☐ Current color digital photographs of all visible sides of building, close-up shots of any features proposed for alteration and streetscape shots to show adjacent buildings and/or the context of the subject property in its surroundings. Photographs must be good quality and clearly labeled.

Building Elevations and Details

☐ Elevations of all sides of the building where alterations are proposed
☐ Identify existing and proposed architectural features and materials on each elevation
☐ Drawings must be scaled and dimensioned
☐ Materials, existing and proposed, shall be labeled (samples may be requested)

Additional Information

☐ Any additional information to assure full presentation of facts for proper consideration by the Board

Required Information for Specific Project Types. Check all project types that apply.

New Building or Addition

☐ Scaled and dimensioned site plan showing existing conditions, adjacent streets, alleys, buildings and proposed new construction.
☐ Scaled and Dimensioned floor plans indicating existing and proposed features
☐ A 3D color rendering showing reveals and adjacent structures. Adjacent structures may be in block form.
☐ Color elevations of facades where work is to occur.

New Storefront Façade

☐ 3D color rendering showing reveals and adjacent structures. Adjacent structures may be in block form.
☐ Details, tear and/or cut sheets (provide for each item that applies)

  • Knee-wall panels
  • Storefront frame, including transom
  • Muttons (dimensions, profile and cross section)
  • Doors
  • Awnings

☐ Note on the plan set that all glass shall be clear

New or Replacement Windows

☐Tear or cut sheets of proposed windows that provide information on the following:

  • Materials
  • Double- or single-paned glass
  • Muttons: provided on interior, exterior or between panes of glass

☐ If windows are replacement of original windows, provide a side-by-side comparison.

Phasing Plan

☐ Table that identifies work to be completed with each phase
☐ Elevations of the completed project at each phase

Deck, Stairs and Stoop

☐ Scaled and dimensioned site plan showing existing conditions and proposed new construction, including railings and steps
☐ Proposed materials shall be identified
☐ Construction details


☐ Written statement detailing what will be demolished on the exterior of the building and methods undertaken to protect the r remaining portion of the building
☐ Inclusion of proposed demolition on plan sets


☐ Show general signage location on elevations, but no dimensions or square footage
☐ Details on how signage will be attached to the historic structure
☐ Any light fixtures associated with signage
Notes: 1. Free-standing signs do not require a COA
2. All signage requires a separate sign permit and will NOT be reviewed as part of the COA application


☐ Replacement of canvas without change to the frame requires no review
☐ Scaled and dimensioned drawings – front and side elevations
☐ Details on how awnings will be attached to the structure

Re-Roofing (change in materials or roofline)

☐ Picture of existing roof material with dimensions of tiles/shingles
☐ Type of proposed material with dimensions (sample or cut sheet)
☐ Plan showing flashing locations and flashing detail

HVAC, Antennas, Satellite Dishes, Solar Panels, Caps and other Mechanical Equipment on Rooftop, Wall-mounted, or Ground-mounted

☐ Show all mechanical equipment and utility boxes on the plans.
☐ Demonstrate that that the equipment and/or utility boxes are screened from view from adjacent property owners. Typically, a screen of 6 inches taller than the equipment demonstrates that screening requirement will be met. Equipment and the screen must be dimensioned.

Painting of Previously Unpainted Surface

☐ Written statement on reason for the proposed change

Windows or Storefront

☐ For replacement of original or historically significant windows:
The applicant must demonstrate the need to replace windows. In some cases, photographs and a written statement may suffice to demonstrate the need for replacement. In other cases, a window assessment completed by an individual with knowledge and experience with historic window repair may be necessary.
☐ Manufacturers/catalog tear or cut sheets or construction detail. Details must include materials, dimensions, muttons, profile and cross section design.


☐ Detail of brick that depicts brick color, size, shape, layout pattern, grout color, thickness and profile.
☐ Note on the plan set that a mock-up shall be approved in the field prior to brick installation.


☐ Manufacturers/catalog “tear” sheets or construction detail.

Hardware (doorknobs, wall-mounted mailboxes)

☐ Manufacturers/catalog “tear” sheets or construction detail.

Glossary - Submittal Item Descriptions

  1. Application Fees: The Littleton City Code provides for the establishment and collection of fees for certain services by the Community Development Department. An applicant is responsible for providing title insurance and document recording fees. The applicant is also responsible for all costs related to public hearing notices.
  2. Application Form (Online): Completed form that lists the contact information for property owners and applicants, and a brief description of the applicable request.
  3. Decision Criteria Narrative: Applicant’s response to the relevant decision criteria/considerations described in the ULUC for a specific process.
  4. Economic Hardship Information: Documentation that corresponds with an applicant’s selection of economic hardship items as described in ULUC Section 10-8-4.3.A.
  5. Electronic Materials Board: An illustrative and description of the building materials proposed.
  6. Historic Building Survey: A historic building inventory record used to document and evaluate a structure.
  7. Copy of Denied COA: An electronic version of a previously denied Certificate of Appropriateness.
  8. Landmark Designation Application: A city created form, titled Landmark Application Supplemental Information used as a historic building record and evaluation tool.
  9. Letter of Authorization: Letter from the current property owner acknowledging and authorizing the application submission.
  10. Letter of Intent: A concise explanation of a proposed project that includes the full scope of work.