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.
Please visit the government page for specific information regarding HARC meetings or membership.
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:
Is my property under HARC jurisdiction?
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
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.)
Placement of temporary facilities such as vendor stands