Following the city’s decision last week to allow the demolition of the former North Park Baptist Church at 375 Colvin Ave., the Preservation Board is seeking greater oversight over such permits.

“Without a change in the ordinance, we’re a paper tiger,” Board Chairman Paul McDonnell said Thursday.

The board will appeal to Mayor Byron W. Brown and the Common Council to be granted greater power in preventing demolitions of properties that are not landmarks and are not in historic preservation districts.

“My best advice is pursue a clear revision of the ordinance,” Assistant Corporation Counsel Alan P. Gerstman told the board.

The board also discussed being more proactive in pursuing landmark designations of threatened historic structures, instead of waiting to act until a building owner applies for a demolition permit. City laws give the board greater oversight over designated landmarks and buildings in historic districts.