So you’ve just purchased that historic home in Wake Forest NC that you have always dreamed about or maybe you already own a historic home in Wake Forest NC – either way, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is something that you should be familiar with.
What is a Certificate of Appropriateness? A Certificate of Appropriateness is a permit that allows you physically alter exterior surfaces and areas within a Historic District. A COA will most likely be issued when it has been determined that the proposed improvements conform with the overall historic character of the District. You must obtain a COA PRIOR TO any work beginning. A COA will have specific quidelines set forth to determine how the work will be done as well as set parameters to operate within.
For instance, you want to paint your white historic home in Wake Forest NC a different color that perhaps you think will evoke a more Victorian “feel”. Before you can do so you must apply for and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness. Should you want to paint your home the SAME color then you would not need a COA. (Always better to be safe though and call your local Historic Preservation Committee)
Some additional examples of what MAY not need a COA are:
- Interior renovations or remodels that do not affect the exterior of the home.
- Planting of shrubs, flower, trees
What is most important though are the types of work that DO need a Certificate of Appropriateness. Here are a few examples:
- Moving of a structure
- Demolition of a structure
- Conversion to handicap accessible
- Fences, pools, tennis courts
- ANY change to the roof line of the structure
- any addition of an outlying building such as a shed or garage
Keep in mind that even if the scope of your future project does not entail a Building Permit you still need a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Again, for any specific questions regarding your City or Town it would be best to contact your Historic Preservation Committee.
While purchasing and owning a historic home is a wonderful achievement and a life long dream for many – it is best to remember that historic homeownership can be drastically different from that of non-historic homeownership. Due to the delicate nature of these properties and their significant contribution to history they have to be handled with care which is why there are so many safeguards in place to ensure that they continue their legacy.
If you are currently searching for historic homes in Wake Forest NC please let me know! There are quite a few currently listed and I would be happy to share their history with you. You can reach me at 919.649.6128 or simply send me an email! To discover more that Wake Forest NC has to offer you can visit: