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Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Applications

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is a permit issued by the Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) or by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission (HARC). The purpose of the certificate is to protect the historic character and structures of Georgetown.  The HPO, or HARC, determines whether to grant a COA based on the design standards established in the Downtown and Old Town Design Guidelines and Unified Development Code (UDC).

Where Does a COA Apply?

A COA applies to all properties listed on the 2016 Historic Resources Survey that are within a Historic Overlay District.  See here for more information about the Survey, click here.   To identify a property on a map, click here.

A COA for demolition also applies to any High or Medium Priority structure designated on the Historic Resources Survey that is located outside a Historic Overlay District in and is in the city limits.

For complete details and the Code regarding Certificates of Appropriateness, see the UDC Section 3.13.

When is a COA Required?

See Section 3.13 of the Unified Development Code for more complete information and details.

What do I Need for an Application?

Prior to making an application, a Pre-Application Meeting is encouraged. To request a meeting, fill out the online request form.

Other requirements for an application include:

* See the Development Manual for detailed information required by the checklist and fee schedule 

* Visit historic.georgetown.org for more details on HARC, the Design Guidelines and District locations.

What is the Approval Process?

  • Approval Authority: Historic Preservation Officer (HPO) or Historical Architecture Review Committee (HARC)
  • There is one required public hearing at HARC for HARC reviewed COA’s.