Preservation Ordinance

About the Preservation Ordinance

Rock Island City Council adopted the Rock Island Preservation Ordinance in 1984 and amended it in 1986. The ordinance established the Rock Island Preservation Commission and the procedure by which to designate buildings and areas as Rock Island Landmarks or Historic Districts. It also set in place a review process in which landmark owners need a Certificate of Appropriateness to alter the exterior of the landmark building or site. This process ensures that landmark properties maintain the integrity that enabled them to achieve designation.

Ordinance Booklet Available

The ordinance can be downloaded or purchased in booklet form for $2.50 at the Planning & Redevelopment Division, Rock Island City Hall. The Rock Island Preservation Ordinance is also embedded within the City of Rock Island Code of Ordinances.

The Rock Island Preservation Ordinance was the first preservation ordinance in the Quad Cities, and is used as a model ordinance in Illinois. Learn more about the history of the preservation movement in Rock Island.