When working on a property designed a local landmark or property located in a local historic district, you must obtain an approved Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application prior to beginning any work.

If you are working on a larger project, such as a new garage, an addition, or new construction, it is recommended you call and meet with a planner prior to finalizing plans and submitting your application.

1. Complete a COA application with the appropriate attachments.

2. Call the Historic Preservation Section to set up an appointment with a planner.

3. Meet with a planner to discuss your application, and verify that it is complete or if there is additional information needed.

4. Chapter 307 allows staff to approve basic maintenance and repairs administratively that are consistent with the District Design Regulations and historic preservation standards. All other applications are required to be heard by the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission (JHPC).

5. While administratively approved COAs are typically processed within three days, applications to the commission are reviewed at a monthly meeting and take longer to process.

For applications heard by the JHPC:

• After an application is taken in, staff reviews the application, applying the District Design Regulations and Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and makes a preliminary recommendation.

• The application is taken to the neighborhood organizations for review and to address any additional concerns they may have regarding the application. These organizations do not make the final decision, however they are given the opportunity to express their position at the public hearing.  You can review the Commission's schedule here

• Once an application is determined complete and properly noticed, staff makes a site visit, reviews the application in detail and makes a recommendation. Staff then drafts a report for the Commission's review and consideration. This report to the commission, along with the applicant's submitted documents, for their review and take into consideration in making a decision.

• The JHPC makes the final decision on each application at the monthly meeting. It is strongly recommended that the applicant attend the meeting to answer questions and speak on record regarding the application. The Commission will usually defer applications until the next meeting is the applicant is not present.

• Within a few weeks after the meeting, the applicant will receive a final order, the project to move forward.

For further information, please contact:

Historic Preservation Section
Planning and Development Department
214 North Hogan Street, Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 255-7859
Fax: (904) 255-7885