What does it mean to live in an historic district?

Local historic districts have been designated by the City because they contain buildings with unique architectural and historic significance. Properties within the historic districts are subject to special historic preservation zoning, which means that any exterior alterations made to the property must first be approved by the Historic District Review Commission. This is done to ensure that the historic quality of the buildings and neighborhoods is maintained.

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1. What is the HDRC?
2. What does it mean to live in an historic district?
3. Do I need to get a permit to work on my house?
4. Does the HDRC tell me what color I can paint my house?
5. I want to replace my old windows. What will the HDRC allow for replacements?
6. Will the City make me restore my old house to its original appearance?
7. I have a plaque on my house; what does it mean?
8. What is a COA and how do I get one?
9. What if I can’t afford to fix up my home?
10. How can I find out the history of my house?
11. Is the interior of my house regulated by the Historic District Review Commission?
12. How do I know what I can and cannot do to my home?
13. Why doesn’t the city make my neighbor clean up his home?
14. Why can’t I do what I want to my own property?
15. What does it cost to get a COA?
16. I hear I can’t use vinyl on my home.  Why?