What are the major provisions of a local historic district ordinance?

Exterior work that would change the appearance of buildings, sites and landscape features, new construction, demolition, and relocation within a district must be approved by the Historic Resources Commission. The proposed work must be found to be consistent with design review standards that are adopted for each district to preserve the unique character of the district. Before exterior alterations can be made to properties in these types of districts, a property owner has to apply for and obtain a permit, called a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), from the Historic Resources Commission.

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1. What is the difference between a Local Historic District and a National Register Historic District?
2. What exactly is a local historic district?
3. What are the major provisions of a local historic district ordinance?
4. What are design review standards?
5. How do I know if I need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
6. How is a local historic district designated?
7. What does it mean to own property in a local historic district?
8. What is required in a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application to the Commission?
9. Is there a way to deal with minor projects?
10. What about routine maintenance?
11. How long does it take to have projects reviewed and approved?
12. What happens if I begin work without a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
13. Does the Historic Resources Commission require you to restore your property?