Heritage Preservation Commission
Special meetings are occasionally called.
For transaction of business at any meeting, four members constitute a quorum. It is desired that members make every attempt to be present at all meetings.
The City of Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) seeks to safeguard the heritage of Northfield by preserving sites and structure, which reflect elements of the city’s cultural, social, economic, political, visual, or architectural history. Additional goals of the commission include:
- Protect and enhance the City of Northfield's appeal to residents, visitors, and tourists
- Serve as a support and stimulus to business and industry
- Foster civic pride in the beauty and notable accomplishments of the past
- Promote the preservation and continued use of historic sites and structures for the education and general welfare of the people of the City of Northfield
Downtown Design Guidelines
The Downtown Design Guidelines have been prepared to guide the HPC in their review of exterior building improvements, including signage.
Unless otherwise exempted in Section 4.8.3, Exemptions, in the H-O district no zoning certificate or building permit for construction, exterior alteration or rehabilitation, moving, or demolition of a building or structure on a heritage preservation site shall be issued until the project has been submitted to, and received approval of a certificate of appropriateness from the heritage preservation commission. Certificates of appropriateness shall be subject to the Type 3 review procedure. Applicants should consult staff prior to completing the application, as individual projects may have different submittal requirements. All signs the Downtown Historic District need a certificate of appropriateness from the HPC which can be obtained using this Type 3 application.
Heritage Preservation in Northfield
One of downtown Northfield’s greatest resources is its unique concentration of historic and architecturally interesting buildings. More information on this can be found on the Heritage Preservation in Northfield page.
- Bridge Square Master Planning Project
- Northfield Commercial Historic District Survey Revision Project
Application & Membership Requirements
The commission consists of seven members, appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Each member serves a three-year term, and may serve three consecutive terms. Members do not receive monetary compensation.
Applications are available online or at:
City Hall, City Clerk
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057