The Historic District and Historic Properties Commission is charged with protecting the historic character and style of structures in local historic districts. This is done by requiring the owner to submit to the Commission the designs or plans for any planned alterations - which will be seen from the right of way - for review and approval. This design review process results in the granting of a Certificate of Appropriateness, which allows the owner to proceed with the changes.
No building or structure within a historic district or designated historic property can be erected, altered, restored, or moved until a Certificate of Appropriateness application has been submitted to and approved by the Commission. It is required regardless of whether a building permit is required.