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A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required for the review of any exterior changes to a property (all structures) within the Del-Ida Park Historic District, Old School Square Historic District, Marina Historic District, Nassau Park Historic District, or West Settlers Historic District, as well as all inidivudually listed properties on the Local Register of Historic Places.

While a COA is required for all exterior modifications, not all requests required HPB approval. Some more minor requests may be approved administratively which will provide a more expedited review time. 

  • Additions                                                      
  • New Construction
  • Rehabilitation
  • New Windows/Awnings/ Shutters
  • Window Replacement
  • New Doors/Garage/ Door Replacement
  • Driveways
  • Landscaping
  • Roof
  • Paint colors
  • Fencing, Gates, Decks and Patios
  • Swimming Pools
  • Carports
  • Relocation
  • Demolition
  • Signage

The City staff will review each application according to the criteria set forth in The Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and the Local Historic Preservation Ordinance.

The Staff will prepare and present their findings to the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) which is a quasi-judicial (volunteer) board. The HPB then reviews the staff reports and makes their conclusions upon a board vote for each item presented.  It is recommended that the applicant or owner is present at the meeting when their case is being presented. HPB meetings are public meetings that are held monthly at City Hall on the first Wednesday of each month. 

NOTE: After the COA application has been officially processed, the City’s Building Division must review and approve all projects and plans for permitting. The Building Department will not issue a building, demolition, or relocation permit associated with a property located within a historic district, or an individually locally or nationally designated historic property without an approved COA approved by Staff and or the Historic Preservation Board.

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