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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONSMinor Works are defined as those changes that do not involve substantial alterations, additions or removals that could impair the integrity of the historic landmark. The Consulting Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Chairperson of the Design Review Committee of the Historic Landmarks Commission must jointly agree that an intended action constitutes a minor work. Minor works might include placing signs on a commercial property, repairing damaged architectural features with identical materials, or upfitting mechanical systems which causes no disturbance to the physical integrity of the historic landmark. If you believe that your intended action is a minor work, fill out the attached form and return it to:
Dr. Dan L. Morrill
Instructions For Completing Application
1. Make sure your application is complete. The Historic Landmarks Commission needs to understand exactly how the proposed changes will look and how they will affect the property. You should include photographs, a written description, three copies of drawings, samples of paint, sample of materials, etc.
2. Provide a plot plan with the application if the work involves such things as a storage building, a deck, fence, and sidewalks. The plot plan may be hand drawn, but it must be clear and accurate and contain measurements.
3. Use black ink or type the application.
If you have any questions or if you are unsure about what you need to do, please call Dan Morrill at 376-9115. I will be happy to help you.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission uses The Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings to determine whether an intended action is appropriate or inappropriate. If you would like to have a copy of these Standards and Guidelines, please make a check out to the Historic Preservation Foundation in the amount of $15 and send the check with your return address to the Historic Landmarks Commission. If you live in a local historic district and live in Charlotte, you must also obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Charlotte Historic District Commission. For further information on this subject, contact Wanda Birmingham at 336-2302. If you live in Davidson, call the Davidson Town Hall.
APPLICATION FOR A MINOR WORKS CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESSPlease type or use black ink.
Return to: Dr. Dan L. Morrill
I, the undersigned, do hereby apply for a Minor Works Certificate of Appropriateness for the following project that will change the appearance of a designated Historic Landmark.
Does your pending project require a Federal or State license, permit or approval? Yes. No.
Name of Landmark:
Address of Landmark:
Tax Parcel Number (s) of the Historic Landmark: __________________________________________
Please detail in the space below and list the reasons why the alterations which you intend to make to the subject Historic Landmark should be designated as Minor Works, meaning that they do not constitute a major change to the subject Historic Landmark. The Chairman of the Design Review Committee of the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Consulting Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission must jointly agree as to whether your intended alterations should be designated as Minor Works. The Design Review Chairman and the Consulting Director may jointly agree to issue a Minor Works Certificate of Appropriateness. Use additional paper if needed to compete your description. Three copies of any plans or drawings must be submitted with this application.
Issuance of a Minor Works Certificate of Appropriateness shall not relieve the applicant, contractor, tenant, or property owner from obtaining any permit required by the City or County Code or law. Moreover, owners of properties in local historic districts must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Charlotte Historic District Commission. All Minor Works Certificates of Appropriateness approved jointly by the Design Review Chairman of the Historic Landmarks Commission and the Consulting Director of the Historic Landmarks Commission shall be reported as information to the Historic Landmarks Commission's next regularly scheduled meeting. If a Minor Works Certificate of Appropriateness is not approved, the applicant may appeal that decision to the Historic Landmarks Commission at its next regularly scheduled meeting.
Name of Applicant: _____________________________________ Telephone No. _____________
Applicant's Mailing Address: _______________________________________________________
Applicant's Signature: _______________________________________ Date: _______________
Fee SchedulePlease be advised that a Minor Works Certificate Of Appropriateness Application must be accompanied by a check in the amount of $50 made out to Mecklenburg County.
The Secretary Of The Interior's Standards For Rehabilitation1. A property shall be used for its historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
2. The historic character of a property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a property shall be avoided.
3. Each property shall be recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be undertaken.
4. Most properties change over time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own right shall be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive features, finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that characterize a historic property shall be reserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
7. Chemical or physical treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate, shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
8. Significant archeological resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment would be unimpaired.
Please follow as closely as possible the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings standards and issues. A copy can be supplied to you by the HLC office for $15.00 upon request. These are the HLC's guidelines for all application reviews. Kindly address only issues that are a part of the standards that the HLC must apply.
This site was created using a Macintosh Performa 6290 by Bruce Schulman. This site is maintained for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation by Bruce R. Schulman.