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Apply for approval for projects in the Downtown or Old Town Historic District or the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). Projects may require either a Board-level review or a Staff-level review.
All applications, whether Staff or Board review, are reviewed for consistency with the City of Fernandina Beach Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, and applicable guidelines such as the Downtown Historic District Design Guidelines, Old Town Fernandina Preservation and Development Guidelines, and the Community Redevelopment Area (CRA) Design Guidelines. Guidelines for the Historic Districts are based on the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
Conceptual approvals are provided by the HDC as a courtesy to the applicant in an effort to allow comment from the Historic District Council and citizens during the conceptual design process. The HDC will provide the applicant with feedback and guidance relating to the proposal and take a vote to indicate whether the board feels the proposal is adequately appropriate to proceed. In all cases, the applicant must return to the HDC to seek final approval of their projects. There is no additional fee for this review above the Certificate of Approval fee.
To guide you through the process and to ensure that your application is properly processed, you’ll need to meet with the Preservation Planner prior to submitting your application. This should be done at least 45 days prior to your anticipated submittal date to allow time for review.
Staff approval applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are generally completed in 3-5 days. Please note that projects can only begin after receiving a Certificate of Approval (COA) and a building, sign, or zoning permit (if required).
An applicant may appeal the HDC’s decision for variances to a court of record as outlined in LDC Section 10.02.04(D).
The petition shall be presented to within thirty (30) days after the
decision of the HDC; otherwise the decision of the HDC will be final.
See Certificate of Approval Matrix for details
As recorded with the Nassau County Property Appraiser
If other than owner. If an agent will be representing the owner, an Owner’s Authorization For Agent Representation form must be included
Describe the proposed project in terms of size, affected architectural elements, materials, and relationship to the existing structure(s).
For New Construction: Please write a brief design statement explaining the architectural style of your project; what its design draws inspiration from; and how it is architecturally compatible with the surrounding historic neighborhood.
Per LDC 8.03.03.01
List all proposed materials and colors, as applicable
Include FL Product Approval # for Windows and Doors
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