Certificate of Appropriateness Process
The first thing an applicant must do is determine the scope of work to be completed. This should be a detailed list of all work the applicant wishes to complete. After the scope of work is determined, the required type of approval can be determined by consulting the IHPC Policies and Procedures or by contacting the IHPC staff at 327-4406.
If the type of work being considered requires a Certificate of Appropriateness, a COA Application.pdf can then be filed with the IHPC staff. The application is a one-page form generally completed by the owner or a representative. Documentation will usually need to be submitted along with the application. Documentation will vary by project, but generally includes photos of the area where work is to be done, drawings depicting any new construction or alterations, product literature, product samples, or color samples. If you have questions about required documentation or the completion of an application, please call the IHPC office.
Types of Approval
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is approved in three different ways depending on the type of work proposed. The three approval types are: Commission Approval, Hearing Officer approval, and staff approval. If different portions of the proposed work fall into different approval categories, the applicant may file separate applications to allow the staff approval process to commence while waiting for hearings to occur.
Commission Approval - Monthly Public Hearing
Hearing Officer Approval - Weekly Public Hearing
Staff Approval - No Public Hearing
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