What are some activities that would and would not require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?

Activities that would not require a COA:

  • Interior modifications of any kind
  • Landscaping, including gardens, shrubs, and trees
  • Other routine repairs and maintenance
  • Repainting
  • Repairs to walks, driveways, fences and patios
  • Repairs to siding, trim, railings, shingles, etc., that match existing materials

Activities that would require an Administrative Approval for a COA:

  • Erection of side and rear yard fences
  • Installation of exterior mechanical equipment
  • Replacement of exterior steps and stairs
  • Replacement of roofs, siding, porch railings, and architectural features such as columns
  • Storm windows and doors

Activities that would require a COA from the Historical Zoning Commission:

  • Construction of parking lots and garages
  • Demolition or removal of all or part of a structure
  • Erection of new buildings
  • Exterior changes such as additions, changes in siding material, style of windows, doors or architectural features
  • Replacement outbuildings

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1. What is the difference between the National Register Historic District and the local Historic Zone (H-1)?
2. If my house were included in the Historic Zone (H-1), would I be required to restore it to its original historic appearance?
3. Would I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to remodel my kitchen or bathroom?
4. Would I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) if I wanted to paint my house?
5. Would I have to get a COA to replace damaged clapboard or re-side the whole house with vinyl siding?
6. I want to build a substantial addition to my house. If it were located in the historic zone (H-1), would I have to apply for a COA and, if so, could it be denied?
7. My house is not located within the proposed historic zone (H-1). How will the creation of the H-1 zone benefit me?
8. If a historic zone (H-1) is created, but subsequently proves to be unsatisfactory to most of the property owners inside it, can it be undone?
9. Are there tax benefits from being located within a historic district or zone?
10. Are there other advantages to being in a historic district?
11. Who is on the Historic Zoning Commission?
12. What are some activities that would and would not require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?