Pioneer Square Preservation Board
The Pioneer Square Preservation Board reviews applications for Certificates of Approval for changes of use and exterior architectural alterations in the Pioneer Square Preservation District. The board recommends approval, approval with conditions, or denial to the Director of the Department of Neighborhoods, who makes final decisions concerning applications. The board may also make recommendations to the mayor, the City Council, and any public or private agencies concerning land use and social issues in the District.
The board bases its decisions on the standards established in the District Ordinance (SMC 23.66), Rules for the Pioneer Square Preservation District, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. The board consists of nine members appointed by the mayor and confirmed by Seattle City Council. Each member fills a specific position on the board, representing property owners, retail business owners, human services providers, architects, historians, and attorneys. There is also one at-large representative. At least one board member must be a resident of Pioneer Square.