How do I apply for HPC review?

HPC approval is required for any exterior project that needs a building permit. Complete a building permit application, HPC review application and submit information that illustrates the proposal (elevation drawings, site plans, floor plans, information about materials, etc). Applications for HPC review are due no later than two weeks prior to the HPC meeting. Some applications may be administratively approved by Staff. At the HPC meeting, the Commission will review the proposal and approve, approve with conditions, or deny the application. Contact staff to ensure that you are submitting the required information.

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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?