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The Impact of Living in an Historic District


For most homeowners, living in an historic district has little impact on the use and improvement of their property. Under State and local law, property owners must secure a Certificate of Appropriateness for external alterations to houses and structures.

  • Historic Preservation Commission
    Major alterations (including demolitions and new construction) are reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission in public hearings that occur on the first and third Monday of every month.
     
  • Do I need a Certificate of Appropriateness?
    A Certificate of Appropriateness is not required for items such as internal alterations, general maintenance, painting any portion of a building that has been previously painted, installation of sprinklers, or decks and landscaping that are not visible from the street (Decision Matrix).