What does it mean to own property in a local historic district?

Property owners in local historic districts need to contact the Historic Resources Commission staff before beginning any exterior changes to existing structures, or prior to beginning any project involving new construction or demolition. The Commission and its staff will review the project. If it meets the terms of the ordinance and district’s standards, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) will be issued. A building permit cannot be issued in an historic district without a COA.

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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?