Historic Preservation Division (HARC)

  1. Enid Torregrosa,

    Historic Preservation Planner

    Phone: 305-809-3973

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.

Is my property under HARC jurisdiction?


HARC Guidelines state that, All exterior work must have HARC approval whether a building permit is required.  The applicant shall obtain HARC approval before the permit issuance if a building permit is required.

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

  • 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


New HARC Guidelines for Windows and Window protection are in effect.  Don't hesitate to contact HARC staff for questions about the new guidelines and Economic Hardship Ordinance. 

Windows and shutter guidelines
HARC Economic Hardship Criteria