What needs to be included when submitting a Certificate of Appropriateness?
A completed application will include the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application and sufficient documentation which describes the project in detail.


Additions or Alterations to Existing Buildings

  • Site or plot plans, including dimensions of lot and footprint of proposed construction.
  • Elevation drawings and dimensions of all façades including signs, decks, fences and gates
  • Types of building materials listed
  • Photographs of existing conditions. The submitted drawings and written descriptions should explain how the project involves any of the following building elements if applicable:
    • Foundations
    • Vents, grates, grills
    • Walls
    • Chimneys
    • Porches, steps
    • Roof
    • Doorways, doors, windows (description of windows if not the same as in the drawings)
    • Decorative details


New Construction
  • Plot or site plans, including dimensions
  • Elevation drawings and dimensions of all façades including signs, decks, garages, fences and gates
  • Type of building materials such as wood doors, style and type of windows, type of siding, etc.
  • Color of materials
  • Photographs of existing conditions

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1. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
2. Is there a fee for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
3. Why is a Certificate of Appropriateness needed?
4. When Is a Certificate of Appropriateness needed?
5. How do I obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness?
6. What needs to be included when submitting a Certificate of Appropriateness?
7. What happens to my application after it is submitted?
8. May I paint my house any color I want?
9. Do I need permission to perform ordinary maintenance?
10. Does every change to my property require a Certificate of Appropriateness?
11. May I put an addition on my historic property?
12. Where can I receive help designing an addition for my house?
13. If I have more questions, whom should I talk to?