Summerville Historic Guidelines
As a property owner, one should refer to these guidelines whenever they plan changes to their property. The guidelines clarify what is valuable and worth preserving in the district and explain how one can respect these features as they make changes or repairs to their historic building or design new buildings adjoining the old. This document introduces one to the important historic features within the district and leads them through the process of having their project reviewed.
Request for renovation review and approval
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is designed to protect designated historic properties and districts from insensitive alterations and demolition, and to ensure that new buildings are compatible with the old.
Projects Requiring a COA
A COA is required for work involving a material change in the exterior appearance of a designated property. Examples include changes to the site and setting of a property, rehabilitation, demolition, new construction, additions, and relocation.
The basic steps in the COA process are:
- The Applicant submits a completed COA application form and supporting documentation to the Historic Preservation Commission. The application is placed on the Historic Preservation Commission regular meeting agenda. Staff may approve certain minor projects if they meet the applicable design guidelines.
- A sign is posted on the affected property at least 15 days before the meeting.
- The Historic Preservation Commission reviews the application at a regular meeting for consistency with the applicable design guidelines.
- The Historic Preservation Commission issues a COA. Applicant or property owner secures a building permit for the proposed work.
The Historic Preservation Commission uses the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects in reviewing COA applications. In addition, the Historic Preservation Commission uses design guidelines manuals prepared specifically for the Summerville and Bethlehem Districts.
The COA application may be submitted by a property owner or by someone acting on behalf of the owner. The application form and related information are available from the Historic Preservation Commission. Due to public notification requirements, an application must be received at least 17 days before the regular Historic Preservation Commission meeting.
Contact the Historic Preservation Commission by calling (706) 821-1796 between 8:30am and 5:00pm.