If I list my property/structure on the Historic Element of the Municipal Code as an historic site, does that mean that I cannot change anything in/on it?

If a property/structure is added to the Historic Element of the Municipal Code as an historic site it does not necessarily mean that anything on the outside or inside of the property/structure cannot be changed. What it does mean is that the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will over see changes under certain conditions. If the house is under 10,000 square feet, the Commission has no jurisdiction on interior changes. However, the Commission is happy to advise the owner in regards to any work to be done, to keep the historic integrity of the structure.

Emergency & Ordinary Repairs

The following Emergency and ordinary repairs (including painting) which do not change the architectural integrity of the structure, and which use in kind materials, do not require Commission review:

  • Doors
  • Outside structures
  • Roofs
  • Siding
  • Windows

Outside of the Home Repairs

Any work to change the outside of the structure which requires a permit will be subject to review by the HPC. The Commission will review the permit and provide a written report as to the historical preservation provisions to the changes proposed in the permit application. The Commission can recommend approval of the permit, approval with conditions, or recommend that the permit be denied. The Commission recommends that homeowners come to a Commission meeting prior to any application for a permit to speak to the members about any changes they would like to make.

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1. What Township ordinance established the Historic Preservation Commission?
2. How do I know if my home or other structure is "historic" and qualifies to be placed on the Township ordinance as an "historic landmark"?
3. If I want to protect my historic house, what do I need to do?
4. How do I research the history of my house?
5. What documentation do I need to prove that my house is historic?
6. What resources are available?
7. If I list my property/structure on the Historic Element of the Municipal Code as an historic site, does that mean that I cannot change anything in/on it?
8. Why should I place my home on the Historic Element of the Township Code?
9. Is there any tax incentive or financial benefit to listing my house on the ordinance?