How do I know what I can and cannot do to my home?

The Historic District Review Commission follows two documents when considering applications for a certificate of appropriateness: the Historic Preservation section of the Unified Development Ordinance (city codes), and the Historic District Design Guidelines, which are recommendations for the treatment of historic properties. Information about these documents can be obtained through the links above or from the Community Development Manager at jthill@libertymo.gov or by calling 816-439-4537

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1. What is the HDRC?
2. What does it mean to live in a historic district?
3. Do I need to get a permit to work on my house?
4. What is a COA and how do I get one?
5. Does the HDRC tell me what color I can paint my house?
6. I want to replace my old windows. What will the HDRC allow for replacements?
7. Will the City make me restore my house to its original appearance?
8. What if I can’t afford to fix up my home?
9. I have a plaque on my house; what does it mean?
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?