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Uptown Facade Board

The Columbus City Council established the Uptown Facade Board (UFB) on October 13, 1987. The UFB's purpose is to adopt and apply standards governing the development, redevelopment, rehabilitation, preservation and maintenance that affects facades of the properties within their jurisidiction. The jurisdiction of the UFB includes the Central Riverfront District (CRD) and the Central Business District (C-1).Columbus Consolidated Government, Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) Section 9.2.5.

The Uptown Facade Board has the authority to approve and/or deny a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the demolition of any structure within the Uptown Facade District.

Each structure being proposed for demolition should be evaluated for its architectural and historic importance to the site and the district based on the following criteria:

  • The importance of the building, structure, site, or object to the abiance of the district.
  • The historic, scenic or architectural significance of the building, structure, site, or object.
  • Whether there are definite plans for reuse of the property if the proposed demolition is carried out, and what the effect of those plans on the character of the surrounding area would be.
  • The difficulty or the impossibility of reproducing such a building, structure, site, or object because of its design, texture, material, detail, or unique location.
  • Whether the building, structure, site, or object is one of the last remaining examples of its kind in the District, City, State or the Country.
  • Whether reasonable measures can be taken to save the building, structure, site, or object from collapse.

Important Note: Effective July 1, 2016, an application fee will be charged $1,000 for demolitions and/or $150 for board review in the UPT and CRD zoning districts.


Document Download
Uptown Facade Board
Application for Certificate of Facade Appropriatness and Check List
Application for Facade Appropriatness
Unified Development Ordinance
UDO - Unified Development Ordinance for Columbus, GA
Application for Facade Appropriatness
Amendment to Design Guidelines Oct.1, 2012
Chapter 6 - Signage
Amendment for Signage
Amendment to Design Guidelines April 1, 2010
Chapter 3, sec.3.5 - Demolition
Amendment to Design Guidelines on Demolition

"Facade" is defined as the visual portion of a property that faces a public right-of-way. It includes all architectural and construction features (including and without limitation to): structural materials, facing materials, windows, doors, trim, sills, steps, railing, cornices, molding, fences, landscaping and other decorative features.

The voting members of the board are appointed by council for three-year terms. They may serve two consecutive full terms in addition to any unexpired term they may fill. Non-voting members include a Columbus Consolidated Government Planning Department employee who acts as secretary to the board and serves as liaison between citizens and the board members. A Historic Columbus Foundation employee serves as an ex officio board member who provides professional opinions on applications that come before the UFB regarding their alignment with UFB Design Guidelines and Standards.

The UFB holds regular monthly public meetings* on the third (3rd) Monday of each month at 3 PM in the Conference Room at the CCG Annex located at 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA 31901. The board may hold called meetings when necessary. Called meetings are also open to the public.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is at 5 PM on the first (1st) Monday of each month. Applications should be returned to the Planning Department offices on the second floor of the CCG Annex at 420 10th Street, Columbus, GA 31901. For more information, call 706-225-3920.

Application and Meeting Dates

Application Deadlines are the 1st Monday of the month. Meetings are the 3rd Monday of the month.

All regular meetings are held in the ground floor Conference Room of the Columbus Consolidated Government Annex located at 420 10th Street, at 3:00pm.

Application Process

Applications to appear before the Planning Advisory Commission must be submitted to the Planning Department no later than 5:00 PM on the applicable application deadline date. No applications will be accepted unless the applicant submits all pertinent information.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted after the application deadline. If you have questions concerning the completeness of your application, please contact Will Johnson, Planning Division Manager (706)-225-3930. I can assist in any application review for completeness prior to the Application Deadline.

The applicant or their appointed representative MUST be presentat the Uptown Fa├žade Board meeting. The case will not be heard without a representative present. Meetings are held on the first Monday of the month at 3:00pm unless otherwise noted or rescheduled due to holidays.

Uptown Facade Board Meetings

Application Deadline Meeting Date
December 3, 2018 December 17, 2018
December 31, 2018 January 22, 2019*
February 4, 2019 February 19, 2019
March 4, 2019 March 18, 2019
April 1, 2019 April 15, 2019
May 6, 2019 May 20, 2019
June 3, 2019 June 17, 2019
July 1, 2019 July 15, 2019
August 5, 2019 August 19, 2019
September 3, 2019** September 16, 2019
October 7, 2019 October 21, 2019
November 4, 2019 November 18, 2019
December 2, 2019 December 16, 2019

* January's meeting moved due to the Martin Luther King Holiday
** September's application deadline moved due to Labor Day Holiday