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Large projects will need to be reviewed by the HARC Commission, these include:
Also, projects that do not comply with the HARC Guidelines and ordinances cannot be staff approved and will also need to be reviewed by the HARC Commission.
A Certificate of Appropriateness is an issued document stating that the proposed work is appropriate for the historic district and meets the regulations in the land development regulations and HARC Guidelines.
Section 102-152 of the Land Development Regulations states A certificate of appropriateness is required for the erection of any new structure, building, fence, deck or sign or the painting, repainting, repair, alteration, remodeling, landscaping or demolition of the exterior of any existing building, structure, fence, deck, sign, landscape, or lot. 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 the issuance of the permit.
A certificate of appropriateness is required for the erection of any new structure, building, fence, deck or sign or the painting, repainting, repair, alteration, remodeling, landscaping or demolition of the exterior of any existing building, structure, fence, deck, sign, landscape, or lot.
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 the issuance of the permit.
The Guidelines also state that HARC approval must be secured on:
Contributing buildings mean structures that "contribute" to the Historic District, historically and architecturally. These are considered more significant historically and architecturally and should be rehabilitated more carefully than noncontributing structures. The regulations for contributing buildings are typically stronger and more stringent than noncontributing buildings. Staff has a survey that contains which structures are contributing and which structures are noncontributing.
Noncontributing buildings may be considered historic, and therefore have stricter regulations compared to non-historic buildings.
Historic building means any building or structure which, in whole or in any structural part, was built 50 or more years prior to the current date, and which is located in the historic zoning districts of the city or has been designated as a historic building and/or structure, (Section 102-1).
Historic building means any building or structure which, in whole or in any structural part, was built 50 or more years prior to the current date, and which is located in the historic zoning districts of the city or has been designated as a historic building and/or structure,
When staff refers to something being "historic," that means it was constructed 50 or more years prior to the current date.
Yes. A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for any exterior change to a property located in the Historic District, even if it is not publicly visible. Please see the How to Apply page for more information.
Possibly. First, staff will need to visit your property to assess the windows you want to replace. Learn more on our Historic Windows page.
If replacement of roofing material is necessary, the HARC Guidelines for Roofing (PDF) state, that historic roofing must be replaced with similar metal shingles, and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation (PDF) both state, Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature will match the old in design, color, texture and, where possible, materials.
that historic roofing must be replaced with similar metal shingles,
Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature will match the old in design, color, texture and, where possible, materials.
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 a HARC Commission Review.
Yes - as long as the addition is appropriate to the building and the neighborhood. Learn more on our Additions page.
Yes, although HARC requires the equipment to not cause damage to the historic fabric and that the panels to be as non-publicly visible as possible. Please see the Solar Collectors Guidelines (PDF) for more information.
HARC only has jurisdiction over the interiors of properties that are listed individually (PDF) on the National Register of Historic Places. If there is an interior feature that a property owner wants to be protected, they should look into preservation/conservation easements on our Resources page. There are benefits such as tax deductions for donating an easement.
Yes, the City of Key West was added to Florida’s Certified Local Government (CLG) Program in 1991. The CLG Program was enacted as part of the National Historic Preservation Act Amendments of 1980. The program links three levels of government - federal, state and local - into a preservation partnership for the identification, evaluation and protection of historic properties. Designation as a certified local government, either as a municipality or a county, makes historic preservation a public policy through passage of a historic preservation ordinance. The ordinance establishes a historic preservation board to develop and oversee the functions of its historic preservation program.
Since its inception in 1986, Florida’s Certified Local Government Program has assisted in the survey, designation and preservation of thousands of historic and cultural resources and helped to increase public awareness of historic preservation. Participation in the program is also an important consideration in the local planning process, as governments in Florida are required to address historic preservation in comprehensive planning decisions. By identifying historic resources in a local government’s comprehensive plan, proposed development projects will be reviewed for consistency with preservation goals and strategies.
Through the Division’s Small Matching Grants program, CLGs in good standing are eligible to compete for pass-through subgrants funded by the Historic Preservation Fund grant the Division receives annually from the National Park Service. The federal CLG subgrants may be for survey, planning and National Register nomination projects. In addition, Small Matching grant match funding requirements are waived for all grants awarded to CLGs in good standing, whether state or federally funded.
Repointing, also known as replacing mortar and pointing, is common maintenance needed for masonry buildings and structures. Properly done, repointing restores the visual and physical integrity of the masonry. Improperly done, repointing not only detracts from the appearance of the building, but may also cause physical damage to the masonry units themselves
When repointing is needed, the City will require an architect or engineer, hopefully one with extensive knowledge of historic preservation, to prepare a report that includes a mortar analysis and a brick strength analysis. The new mortar should match the original mortar in strength, color, appearance, texture, and materials. The profile of the mortar joint is also important and will need to be replicated.
Please refer to Preservation Brief 2: Repointing Mortar Joints in Historic Masonry Buildings for more information.
Find out on our Plaque or Star or Marker page.