Mission & Governing Policies
The Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC) is the City's regulatory agency for local historic districts outside of the Vieux Carre. Established in 1976, this agency provides the staff and office space for the two Commissions, the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission and the Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commission .
The two Historic District Landmarks Commissions safeguard the heritage of the City by preserving and regulating historic landmarks and districts which reflect elements of its cultural, social, economic, political and architectural history. They preserve and enhance the quality of neighborhoods, strengthening the City's economic base, stimulating the tourist industry, improving property values, fostering economic development, and encouraging growth.
The New Orleans and Central Business District Historic District Landmarks Commissions were created and empowered by the New Orleans City Council. The enabling legislation for New Orleans was adopted in 1976 and the Central Business District was adopted in 1978. The enabling legislation, now part of the City Code, establishes the legal framework for the Commissions, including Commission composition, term limits, definitions, powers, processes and procedures
Rules, Policies and Procedures
This document establishes in greater detail the rules, policies and procedures that govern Commission meetings, the application process, and committees.
Landmark Creation Policies
Landmarks are structures of particular cultural, economic, social or architectural significance to the City of New Orleans. These landmarks such as the Pitot House and Orpheum Theater often lie outside of the boundaries of the historic districts but are protected through individual designation.