Historic Preservation Commission


The Historic Preservation Commission identifies, promotes and safeguards Dubuque’s historical, cultural, environmental and aesthetic resources for enjoyment of the community. Staff support the Commission with exterior design review; evaluation, nomination and registration of historic properties; and public outreach. The historic preservation program is a critical economic development tool for Dubuque and the Commission plays an important role. More about the Commission’s purpose and role.


Nine members are appointed by the City Council to three-year terms. The Commission is made up of one resident from each designated historic district, and currently four at-large members. (One commission member shall be a licensed architect.) The City seeks individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience. Those can include:

  • Community & cultural history
  • Architecture
  • Historic neighborhoods
  • Restoration/ rehabilitation/ construction
  • Archaeology
  • Real estate or real estate law
  • City planning
  • Environment, playing an important role in our community’s development
  • Creative problem solving

If a designated historic district seat is vacant and there are no applications from qualified residents, the City Council shall appoint a temporary member in the interim to fill the positionThis Commission is mandated by the state to be gender-balanced. Recruitment efforts and appointments reflect that goal. 


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Third Thursday of each month
  • Historic Federal Building

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
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Minutes are available following approval.
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For more about the purpose and membership of Commission, view the Historic Preservation Ordinance.