How to Apply

Certificate of Appropriateness

For Staff Review

Applicants can submit their completed applications to the Building Department counter at 1300 White Street, by the parking lot entrance to City Hall.

  • The key for your application to move smoothly and quickly through the process is to submit a complete and clear application that complies with all Land Development Regulations and Ordinances. Please review the Minimum Requirements (PDF) for applications.
  • Photos of existing conditions are always a minimum requirement for HARC applications.
  • Please send photographs and other documents via email to Historic Architectural Review Commission. Include the property address in the subject line.
  • You can check the status of your permit here.

For Commission Review

Applications should be submitted to the HARC/Tree Administrative Assistant at 1300 White Street, who is located on the right side of the large counter by the parking lot entrance. All documents should also be sent via email to Historic Architectural Review Commission.

Economic Hardship

Section102-190: In cases of undue economic hardship, as defined in Section102-186, HARC may allow the substitution of alternative construction materials for historic or traditional materials where the substitute materials are sufficiently similar in character to such historic or traditional materials so as not to detract from the original character of the historic district.

Economic Hardship Criteria

  1. Currently receives fixed income benefits such as social security, aid to families with dependent children, or private pension benefits and that the total household income is below 80% of the median income for the city. Only, the owner occupied rates apply, not the rental rates.
  2. Currently receives assistance through the mayor’s revolving loan fund, rental rehabilitation program, or other program which is income-indexed and which provides for physical improvements to the subject property; or
  3. The applicant corporation currently has tax-exempt status as a nonprofit corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The applicant must also submit a general HARC/Building Combo Application (PDF) and the Economic Hardship Affidavit (PDF), affirmed by a notary public, that certifies that the applicant meets the above criteria with the submitted additional information.