All work affecting the exterior of buildings in the East End Historic District and the Colonial Terrace Design Guidelines falls under the review of the ARC, including:
- New Construction
- Exterior Alteration
- In-Kind Repairs or Restorations
Once a project is submitted and ARC finds that it meets the criteria set forth in the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation and/or local guidelines, ARC issues a Certificate of Appropriateness. The applicant may then proceed to a full plan review by the Building Department for the necessary permits to perform the work.
The ARC also reviews zoning-variance and special-use applications made to the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Review Board, advising these boards as to the effect that a proposed project will have on the City's Historic and Design districts.
In October of 2105, the ARC adopted a Consent Agenda Policy and Procedures to enable the ARC to increase the efficiency of the Commission. The ARC may utilize a consent agenda to approve applications for Certificates of Appropriateness which meet the eligible criteria.