In issuing Certificates of Appropriateness, the Lee County Historic
Preservation Ordinance requires a review of the proposed project. In alterations
to contributing properties, this review is for compliance with the US Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
For non-contributing properties, including new construction on vacant sites,
this review is for compliance with the Guidelines for New Construction and
Remodeling of Non-Contributing Buildings.
There are two types of Certificates: Regular and Special
- A Regular Certificate of Appropriateness (RCA) is issued by the county staff
for "ordinary maintenance and repair." This certificate is usually issued on the
same day the application is filed - though the ordinance allows up to five
(5) days for processing an RCA. Download a Regular Certificate of Appropriateness application.
- A Special Certificate of Appropriateness (SCA) is issued for any alteration,
demolition, relocation, reconstruction, excavation or new construction that
would result in a change to the original appearance of the resource. An SCA is
issued after a public hearing before the Historic Preservation Board. Download a
Special Certificate of Appropriateness application.
NOTE: For a project requiring an SCA, applicants are encouraged to contact the Division of Planning to request a
pre-application conference while the project is still in a conceptual stage.
Because historic resources often do not conform to many current regulations, the
pre-application conference provides an opportunity for an application to discuss
the problems associated with a particular project and explore creative
approaches to those problems. Staff familiar with historic preservation, zoning,
development standards and codes are available for consultation during the