City of Vero Beach

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Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)




A "Certificate of Appropriateness" (COA) is a document stating that the proposed work is appropriate for the locally designated historic building or site and meets local code criteria. A COA includes the categories of alterations (additions), new construction and demolition.

Standard Certificate of Appropriateness. Where the action proposed to a designated historic structure  is a minor alteration requiring a building permit and is deemed to have a minimal impact to the historic site, or when the work proposed consists of routine maintenance or in-kind replacement requiring a building permit, the planning and development director shall approve, approve with conditions or deny the application.

Special Certificate of Appropriateness. All applications for certificate of appropriateness ,  that do not fall into the category of the “standard certificate” are considered special certificates of appropriateness and are issued  by the Historic Preservation Commission.

The U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties are the adopted standards by which applications for any certificate of appropriateness are to be measured and evaluated. In adopting these guidelines, it is the intent of the City’s Historic Preservation Commission to promote the proper maintenance, restoration, preservation, rehabilitation, or reconstruction appropriate to the property, and compatible contemporary designs, which are harmonious with the exterior architectural and landscape features of neighboring buildings, sites and streetscapes.

Certificate Of Appropriateness - Regular 

Certificate Of Appropriateness - Special

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