The City of Bardstown participates in the Certified Local Government (CLG) program administered by the National Park Service and Kentucky Heritage Council. Under the CLG program, the City of Bardstown is eligible to receive funding for the efforts to preserve, protect, and maintain Bardstown's architectural, cultural, and archaeological resources.
In 1967, the City of Bardstown became one of the first communities in the nation and the first community in Kentucky to enact historic overlay zoning, a tool for preserving significant historic landmarks and districts. The historic overlay zoning designation is a separate zoning classification and is attached to existing zoning. The historic overlay zoning district designation may modify or eliminate regulations of the underlying zoning or may introduce additional regulations. Properties within the historic overlay zoning district are still subject to the regulations of the underlying district but are subject to supplemental design standards and regulations of the historic overlay zoning district.
Owners of structures within the historic overlay zoning district are required to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for new construction, exterior alterations, site alterations, demolition, relocation, and signage. Allowable changes are based on a set of design guidelines and regulations as set forth in Article 15 of the Zoning Regulations.
The Bardstown Historical Review Board (HRB) administers the historic overlay zoning. The HRB is a 5-member board appointed by the Bardstown Mayor and approved by the Bardstown City Council. Pen Bogert serves as Preservation Administrator and the Planning Commission also provides staff support and legal counsel for the HRB.
Meeting Date, Time, & Location
The HRB meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the HRB office, One Court Square, Old Courthouse Building, Bardstown. All meetings are public meetings and open to the public. Meetings & Deadlines. For more information on COA application process and deadlines, contact Planning Commission offices at 502-348-1805 or
Don Parrish, Chair
Sarah Hardin Ballard
Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application