How to Qualify as a Historic Site
To to qualify as an historic site a property must fulfill one or more of the following criteria:
- Is associated with the life of a person important in city, state, or national history;
- Is associated in a significant way with a major historic event of a cultural, economic, social, military, or political nature;
- Exemplifies the historical, political, cultural, or social trend of the community in history;
- Is associated with a past or continuing institution, which has contributed substantially to the City's life.
The building, site, or structure is deemed to have significant architectural or aesthetic significance if it:
- Portrays the environment in an era of history characterized by a particular architectural style;
- Embodies the distinguishing characteristics of an architectural style, period, or method of construction;
- Is an historic or outstanding work of a prominent architect, designer, landscape architect, or builder;
- Contains elements of design, detail, material, or craftsmanship of outstanding quality, or which represented, in its time, a significant innovation or adaptation to the South Florida environment.
Certificate of Appropriateness Applications
Making changes to a locally designated historic structure and/or district requires a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application.
- The application is submitted through the Building division and reviewed by staff according to the Secretary of the Interior Standards and the Local Historic Preservation Ordinance.
- A hearing is scheduled before the Historic Preservation Board. The Board will review the staff reports and makes their conclusions upon a board vote for each item presented.
- After the COA application has been approved, the Building division must review and approve all projects and plans for permitting. A permit will be issued without an approved COA.