Village structures, buildings, sites and objects with architectural, historical, archaeological or cultural significance and interest are eligible to apply for local historic landmark preservation status. There are two types of landmark designation:
- Honorary Landmark
- Recognized for its special character, historical, cultural or architectural significance or its value as part of the development, heritage or culture of the Village, State of Illinois or the United States and as such is worthy of preservation, restoration or rehabilitation.
- Nominations may be submitted by a commissioner, the owner of the nominated site, or 50% or more of the owners of property within an area to be nominated. If a structure is nominated for designation as an honorary landmark for by an individual other than the owner of the structure, the owner must be notified of the nomination in writing.
- Certified Landmark
- Same criteria as an Honorary Landmark, but with the following conditions:
- Unless permitted by the Historic Preservation Commission, no alteration shall be allowed to, and no permits shall be issued, for the alteration, demolition, signage or any other physical modification to the exterior of the landmark
- Owners of the landmark must declare intent to further promote and preserve the historic and architectural appearance of the structure and agree to be bound to limitations as specified in Chapter 26A of the Village Code
- Nominations may be submitted by a commissioner, the owner of the nominated site or 50% or more of the owners of property within an area to be nominated. If a structure is nominated for designation as a certified landmark for by an individual other than the owner of the structure, the owner must consent to the requested designation.
The Historic Preservation Commission considers a variety of criteria when reviewing a landmark designation application and holds a public hearing to consider each application. After a public hearing, the Commission shall either approve or deny landmark nomination. Should the Commission nominate a property for local landmark status, the Village Board will consider the nonimation at a future Village Board meeting and may decide to adopt the property as a landmark through local ordinance.