A building permit is required when any substantial alteration
is proposed. If alteration is proposed for a building in the
Historic District, then the Preservation Commission must review
The answer to that often asked question is “no.”
Repainting your house, in the absence of any structural changes,
does not require a permit. However, if any assistance were
needed in making a color decision, the Commission would be
very willing to help.
The Commission may oppose an addition that is insensitive
to the design of your home or inappropriate for the neighborhood.
The Commission will offer advice on how to amend an inappropriate
plan if it is reasonable to think some changes would bring
about a positive result.
The Commission strongly discourages demolition. This act
eliminates the very fabric of history that makes the District
what it is. We strongly encourage innovative plans that incorporate
our older structures into useful spaces for today's living