What types of projects require review by the Historic Preservation Commission?
Any project affecting the exterior appearance of a historic property that requires a building permit needs approval by the HPC. Examples of projects include: window replacement, re-siding, addition to existing building, demolition, new construction – garages, outbuildings, porches, decks, fences, enclosure or removal of porches, adding dormers, removal of exterior trim and chimneys, installation of new driveways or sidewalks, etc. Before beginning your project make sure that the project does not require a building permit/HPC review and contact staff.

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1. Do I have to get a permit when altering my property?
2. What is the Geneva Historic Preservation Commission?
3. When does the HPC meet?
4. When was the HPC established? What is its purpose?
5. What is a historic property/historic designation?
6. What are the designated historic properties in Geneva?
7. What is the difference between listing in the National Register of Historic Places and local designation?
8. What does it mean when your property has historic designation?
9. What types of projects require review by the Historic Preservation Commission?
10. Is interior work or routine maintenance reviewed?
11. How do I apply for HPC review?
12. What criteria does the HPC use when reviewing my project?
13. Can I appeal the decision of the HPC?
14. How do I nominate a property for local designation?
15. Can I get assistance from Staff before I start designing my project?
16. How can I research my property or history about Geneva?
17. Will the Commission tell me what color to paint my house?
18. I live in the Historic District and I want to add on to my home. Can the Commission prevent me from doing this?
19. Does living in the Historic District prevent me from tearing down my house?