Does every change to my property require a Certificate of Appropriateness?
All proposed changes to the exterior of your property requires consideration by the Preservation Office and are regulated by the city’s Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Ordinance calls out the use of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. These standards are used to determine the appropriateness of treatments for historic homes. Maintenance to your property is not restricted as long as it does not involve any changes to the structure. Some examples of changes that are subject to city regulations include replacing windows, siding, exterior doors, adding shutters, removing masonry, adding or removing porches, railings, chimneys, removing historic architectural trims, and adding architectural elements not original to the house.

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1. Does every change to my property require a Certificate of Appropriateness?
2. What is a historic property?
3. How do I research the history of my property?
4. Is my property designated?
5. What does it mean to be designated?
6. Is there a requirement that I must restore my property located within the Historic District?
7. Can the city help me purchase a historic property?