Living With Historic Zoning
Certificates of Appropriateness
Before exterior repairs or modifications or demolition are made to a property in the Dayton Register of Historic Places the owner must seek a Certificate of Appropriateness for the proposed activity from the Department of Planning and Community Development (937-333-4271). There is no fee associated with a Certificate of Appropriateness.
- Painting existing painted surfaces
- Construction of a deck or patio
- Replacement of roofs, doors, windows and gutter systems, which match the existing design
- Minor repair of surfaces that match existing design
- Repair or installation of new accessory structures like garages or sheds
- Repair or installation of fencing
- Removal of non-contributing additions or accessory structures
- Major landscaping, including removing mature trees
The City's Preservation Officer has the authority to issue Minor Certificates of Appropriateness, typically same-day. Just email or call Abigail Free at Abigail.Free@daytonohio.gov or 937-333-3635.
MajorMajor Certificates of Appropriateness are issued for the following:
- Painting unpainted surfaces
- Construction or removal of contributing buildings, additions or accessory structures
- Construction or removal of porches
- Construction or removal of decorative details such as chimneys, latticework, gables, gingerbread, soffits and shutters
- Construction or removal of window or door openings
- Alteration or removal of significant style elements, like slate and tile roofs
- Changing interior spaces of significant structures which are open to the public
Only the Landmark Commission has the authority to approve major modifications.