May I paint my house any color I want?

Technically, yes. The McKinney Historic Preservation Ordinance does not regulate paint colors in the Residential Area of the Historic Overlay District. However, it is strongly recommended that you don’t paint unpainted masonry (brick or stone).  Should you want to remove paint from masonry, the Historic Preservation Office recommends that you not use abrasives, such as sandblasting or any other blasting method, but instead, consider a gentle paint removal techniques.  

Changing paint colors in the Commercial Area does require an approved COA. The COA must be obtained for this prior to completing the work.

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1. Does every change to my property require a Certificate of Appropriateness?
2. Is my property designated or contributing?
3. What does it mean to be designated or contributing?
4. May I paint my house any color I want?
5. May I install a fence on my historic property?
6. Can I install solar panels on my historic home?
7. Do I need permission to perform ordinary maintenance to my house or building?
8. Where can I receive help designing an addition for my house?
9. Is there a requirement that I must restore my property located within the Historic District?
10. How do I research the history of my property?
11. Can the city help me purchase a historic property?
12. How do I submit photos if the CSS Portal won't let me upload them?
13. Who can I call to ask questions about the Historic District, the Certificate of Appropriateness, or what work I can do to my home in the Historic District?