Historic Preservation

Historic Liberty

Five Local Historic Districts (PDF) have been designated by the City of Liberty to recognize buildings and neighborhoods with unique historic and architectural significance.

In addition to the local districts, Liberty boasts six districts and eight individual properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places (PDF).

Historic District Review Commission

Because the City is committed to maintaining its unique historic character, properties within the historic districts are subject to special historic preservation zoning, which means that any exterior alterations to the property must be approved by the Historic District Review Commission (HDRC) before the work begins.

The HDRC is a 9-member citizen panel, appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council. The HDRC monitors the historic districts and reviews applications for certificates of appropriateness on all exterior alterations, new construction, and demolition.

The HDRC meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in Council Chambers, when there are applications to consider. Applications for a certificate of appropriateness must be submitted no later than 10 business days prior to the HDRC meeting.

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Liberty Is Proud to Be a Preserve America Community

Liberty was designated a Preserve America community in 2007. The Preserve America program is a White House effort to encourage and support communities that preserve and promote America’s cultural and natural heritage.


Apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required before the HDRC will consider a request for exterior alterations to any building within Liberty's historic districts. Please refer to the Historic Preservation Design Principles (Sec.30-72 of the Unified Development Ordinance) and supplemental Historic District Design Guidelines to ensure that your project meets the criteria for approval. 

You can submit the COA application online. If you are not able to submit the application online, please call 816.439.4537 and staff will be able to assist you.