If you have a Landmark home, read on for the following information: what is a Certificate of Appropriateness, when you need to obtain one, and the process for applying.
To verify if your home is a local historic landmark, contact the Community Development Department at 708-447-1241 or check the Appendix of the Preservation Ordinance in the Municipal Code.
1. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
A Certificate of Appropriateness is a review process for landmarked homes in Riverside to ensure any projects are appropriate for the property. They are utilized when work is being done to a landmarked property in the village.
2. Why do I need a Certificate of Appropriateness?
The Village of Riverside has many landmarked properties and it is a landmarked district as well. This requires that any large projects that could alter the look of a landmarked property be reviewed properly. The Preservation Commission is tasked with ensuring that those historic properties receive the proper attention to detail if work is to be done.
3. When do I need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
Interior remodels or any work to be done on the interior of the house does not require a Certificate of Appropriateness. If a property in Riverside is designated a local landmark and exterior work or demolition is being proposed, a Certificate of Appropriateness is required. Exterior work is anything that follows: Exterior alteration, renovation, reconstruction, remodel, restoration or demolition.
4. How long does the application process take?
The application process differs depending on the type of project that is proposed. Some reviews, like a new roof or tuck pointing, can be done by the Preservation Commission appointee. If the work is more extensive, a home addition, demolition, or a solar panel installation, the Preservation Commission would be required to review at their regular meeting or a special meeting.
5. When does the Preservation Commission meet? What if I have other questions?
The Preservation Commission meets on the 2nd Thursday of every other month. Their schedule can be found at https://www.riverside.il.us/166/Preservation-Commission. A special meeting can also be called, if needed, of the Preservation Commission to meet and review any applications.
If there are any other questions, Village Planner Francisco Jimenez can be reached at 708-447-2700 Ext. 326 or via email at email@example.com