Historic Preservation Division (HARC)

Contact Us

  1. Enid Torregrosa

    Historic Preservation Planner
    Phone: 305-809-3973

    Kathleen McDonald

    Historic Preservation Planner II
    Phone: 305-809-3975

The role of the Historic Preservation staff is to assist the citizens of Key West who are interested in preserving the architectural heritage of the Historic District.  The role also includes serving as the Historic Architectural Review Commission (HARC) staff.

Historic Architectural Review Commission

Please visit the government page for specific information regarding HARC meetings or membership.

ATTENTION:

HARC Guideline and Ordinance amendments are in the process of approval. Please contact HARC staff for more information on the status of the proposed guideline and ordinance changes. Provided below are the current versus proposed guidelines and criteria:

Windows and shutter guidelines
HARC Economic Hardship Criteria


Is my property under HARC jurisdiction?

Guidelines

HARC Guidelines state that, All exterior work must have HARC approval whether a building permit is required or not. If a building permit is required, the applicant shall obtain HARC approval prior to issuance of the permit.

The Guidelines also state that HARC approval must be secured on:

  • Additions to existing buildings
  • Alterations to streets, sidewalks, or street furnishings
  • Any painting and associated removal of existing paint
  • Construction of swimming pools and/or decks
  • Exposed utilities
  • Fences, either new or replaced
  • Historic interior public spaces
  • Improvements of a right-of-way, public and private
  • Installation of signs, awnings, benches or lighting
  • Interiors or all property individually listed on the National Register
  • Miscellaneous structures (i.e. towers, etc.)
  • New construction
  • Placement of temporary facilities such as vendor stands
  • Repairs to buildings
  • Restoration or rehabilitation of buildings