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.
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
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
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.