Design Review Process
The Historic Preservation Ordinance sets forth the design review process. Property owners proposing changes within the historic district, or to other designated properties, are required to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA).
Please Note: City of Madison Building & Inspection can not issue permits for any work until a Certificate of Appropriateness has been approved.
Code of Ordinances, Chapter 42 - Historic Preservation
To guide design review decision-making, the Historic Preservation Commission utilizes the National Park Service, Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
- most frequently referencing those standards and guidelines for Rehabilitation
For a more customized review taking into consideration the unique character of the region, state, area, and specifically this community and its resources, the following design standards were researched and adopted to guide HPC decisions.