What is a historic property/historic designation?
Article 19 of Geneva Municipal Code establishes a process for the identification, designation, and protection of historic properties that are valuable assets to the city. Historic properties are distinctive areas or sites; a place of historical significance characterized by buildings and trees, architectural design and landscape features. It may be monumental or simple, residential or commercial. Historic buildings and districts are a legacy, linking present and future generations with their heritage. Under article 19, properties that are determined to be architecturally and/or historically significant may be designated as:
• Landmarks (individual properties)
• Historic Districts (areas of distinctive historic character)

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1. Do I have to get a permit when altering my property?
2. What is the Geneva Historic Preservation Commission?
3. When does the HPC meet?
4. When was the HPC established? What is its purpose?
5. What is a historic property/historic designation?
6. What are the designated historic properties in Geneva?
7. What is the difference between listing in the National Register of Historic Places and local designation?
8. What does it mean when your property has historic designation?
9. What types of projects require review by the Historic Preservation Commission?
10. Is interior work or routine maintenance reviewed?
11. How do I apply for HPC review?
12. What criteria does the HPC use when reviewing my project?
13. Can I appeal the decision of the HPC?
14. How do I nominate a property for local designation?
15. Can I get assistance from Staff before I start designing my project?
16. How can I research my property or history about Geneva?
17. Will the Commission tell me what color to paint my house?
18. I live in the Historic District and I want to add on to my home. Can the Commission prevent me from doing this?
19. Does living in the Historic District prevent me from tearing down my house?