The intent of this prior authorization is to eliminate time delays for
persons who wish to perform improvements to property when the improvements,
- do not alter the appearance and character of the property, and/or
- will result in recreating the original appearance.
All requests for a prior-authorized Certificate
of Appropriateness will be reviewed by the appropriate staff person.
Any request for a prior-authorized Certificate
of Appropriateness that does not clearly conform to the items herein
described will be referred to the Historic Preservation Commission at
its next regularly scheduled or duly advertised meeting called by the
Chairperson of the Commission.
Monthly reports of the prior-authorized Certificates of Appropriateness
that have been granted by the appropriate staff person will be presented
to the Historic Preservation Commission and incorporated into the minutes.
Applicants must complete the appropriate
forms for a Certificate of Appropriateness providing suitable information
describing the work to be performed. The request will be reviewed by the
appropriate staff person for compliance to the Historic
District Guidelines. A Certificate of Appropriateness for minor works
not approved by the staff will be considered at the next regular meeting
of the Commission.
The following list of minor work items may be performed with prior authorization
from the Washington Historic Preservation Commission effective upon the
date of adoption:
- Replacement of missing or deteriorated siding, trim, porch floors,
ceilings, columns, posts, rails, balustrades, or architectural details
when there is no change in design, quantity, or materials from the
This includes re-installation of original elements or duplications
of the original elements with similar new material.
- Removal of metal columns, posts, or rails on a porch when they are
clearly not original elements and will be replaced with columns, posts,
or railings that are original or reproductions of originals constructed
of new materials similare to that of the original.
- Replacement of missing or deteriorated wooden railings on porches
with wooden 2" x 2", 2" x 1", or reproduced, turned
- Installation of handrails on steps when constructed in the same
style and material as existing porch railings. In the event of no
existing porch railing, handrails on steps may be constructed when
the handrails are of the same materials and scale as the porch posts.
- Installation of porch railings on porches with a height of thirty
(30) or more inches from the ground, which must have porch railings.
Porches that do not have railings may be altered to provide railings
that are constructed with 2" x 2", 1" x 2" or
turned wooden balustrades. Railings must be consistent with the architectural
style of the structure.
- Installation of steps leading to porches or doors when constructed
of wood or brick.
- Installation of underpinning at foundation of structure when constructed
- Installation of foundation vents and/or wooden foundation access
- Removal of asbestos, asphalt, or other artificial siding when the
original siding is to be repaired or repainted.
- Replacement of tin, asphalt, or fiberglass roofs to be replaced
at owner's discretion with tin, asphalt, or fiberglass roofing materials.
- Installation or removal of gutters and downspouts when the activity
does not require alteration or removal of architectural elements.
- Installation of canvas awnings on doors, windows, and porches.
- Removal of metal awnings.
- Installation of storm doors and storm windows constructed of baked-on
enamel or painted to match trim color.
- Installation of wooden lattice on porches when not to be constructed
on "street side" of porch.
- Installation of eaves or gable vents to be painted to match trim
- Installation of roof ventilators, mechanical or turbine, on rear
roof line or when not visible from the street.
- Construction of exterior chimneys when construction material is
- Installation of electric, heating, or plumbing equipment when not
visible from the street or when equipment is screened by appropriate
fencing and/or landscaping.
- Construction of appropriate wooden fences, either picket or vertical
board style, to enclose property or to screen mechanical elements.
- Removal of deteriorated accessory buildings which are not original
to the site or dilapidated accessory buildings that have been declared
unsafe by the Department of Inspections.
- Construction of accessory buildings conforming to the Building Code
that use the same materials of the principal structure, including
siding, windows, doors, and shape of roof.
- Installation of wooden louvered shutters on exterior windows when
- Installation of a 2" x 4" solid wire fence when wire is
to be affixed to the rear side of three rail wooden fence. Fence to
be constructed of 4" x 4" posts with rails to be no less
than 1" x 4" not more than 1" x 6". Such fence
shall not extend beyond the front facade of the structure.
- Installation of screening on porches when screen is installed on
the inside of railings and posts so that railings and posts are visible
from the street.
- Landscaping projects involving tree removal or significant ground
- Installation of antennae when not visible from the public right-of-way,
but not to include satellite dishes.
All other procedures practiced by the Historic Preservation Commission
in conflict herewith are hereby repealed.
Amended by the Washington Historic Preservation Commission the 7th
day of April, 1992.
The original document was signed by Michael Sloan, Chairperson of
the Historic Preservation Commission on April 7, 1992.