What about demolition of historic structures?
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required to demolish a structure or to move a structure within a local historic district. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) cannot deny a COA request for demolition but can delay demolition for up to 365 days. This time period can be reduced when extreme hardship is demonstrated by the property owner or for properties of no special historical significance. The intent of the 365-day delay is to provide an opportunity for the owner and the community to explore options for the structure other than demolition and to document the resource prior to demolition. The only time denial of a demolition request is permitted is when the property in question has been designated as having statewide significance. The parameters governing a COA for demolition also apply to the relocation of a structure outside of a local district.
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