Can you elevate structures in the Historic District?

Yes. HARC understands the importance of raising historic and significant structures out of the floodplain, but there are certain restrictions on how much you can elevate your structure. It is important to retain the pedestrian quality of the historic district as well as retain the historic house’s proportions and architectural character. As such, it is inappropriate to elevate a structure in order to park a car underneath, as well as elevating a contributing or historic building or structure in order to build a new addition underneath.

Elevating a structure will require review by the Historic Architectural Review Commission.

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1. What projects need to go to the Historic Architectural Review Commission?
2. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
3. When is a Certificate of Appropriateness required?
4. What's the difference between Contributing and Noncontributing?
5. What does “Historic” mean?
6. I want to install something on my property that is not publicly visible. Do I need HARC?
7. Can I replace my windows?
8. Can I replace my metal shingles with v-crimp?
9. Can you elevate structures in the Historic District?
10. Can I build an addition onto my house?
11. Can I install solar panels?
12. Does HARC have jurisdiction of interiors?
13. Is Key West a Certified Local Government? What is a Certified Local Government?
14. I need to repoint my historic masonry or brick building. What is required?