The CGA Landmarks Committee is here to help!

The committee consists of designers, architects and city planners, all volunteers who can help you get started with your renovation or restoration. The committee will help you establish an appropriate direction for the design and avoid planning efforts that later may prove inappropriate and costly when submitting your application to the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

Below is an easy 4-step process to help you navigate through the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process for your renovation or restoration. When you are considering a renovation, restoration and/or application for a Certificate of Appropriateness:

1) Read and understand the Architectural Guidelines: Download and read a copy of the Architectural Design Guidelines.

2) Review with your architect or designer: You and your architect/designer/contractor meet informally with CGA Landmarks Committee to review concept or preliminary design as early in the design process as possible. This will allow all parties to have a clear understanding of the project scope and the applicable guidelines, and for any changes or suggestions to be timefully incorporated into the final design prior to formal review.

3) Complete the application for COA with CGA Landmarks Committee: The CGA Landmarks Committee can assist the applicant with the application to assure it is completed properly and has a good chance for approval by the Memphis Landmarks Commission.

4) Submit the COA to the office of the Memphis Landmarks Commission

To reach the current chair of the CGA Landmarks Committee, go online to

Below are some easy to read guidelines on common issues: