What are the standards for a Certificate of Appropriateness?

The Preservation Commission follows the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The Commission also considers the following criteria in determining whether or not the proposed work is compatible and appropriate:

- Whether such work will be compatible with and will positively enhance the architectural and/or historical integrity of the property upon which landmark status is based.

- Whether such work will have a positive effect and harmonize with the external appearance of neighboring properties and the essential character of the area where the property is located.

- Whether such work is visible from any public right-of-way during all seasons of the year.

- Whether the current physical condition, state of repair and structural stability of the property under consideration poses a dangerous and unsafe threat to the health and safety of the community.

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1. How do I find out if my house is a local historic landmark?
2. I purchased a local historic landmark. Do I need any special approvals to do work on my home?
3. What are the standards for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
4. How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
5. I am interested in having my home designated as a local landmark.
6. Does the Preservation Commission have to approve the color of my home?