Permitting Process

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
  • Signs
  • Demolition

ARC Application Packet (pdf, updated October 2015)

ARC Variance Recommendation Application (pdf, updated January 2014)

ARC Consent Agenda (pdf, October 2015)

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.