Are the economics of repairing my property considered?

The economic burden of necessary renovations is considered in two ways:

  1. There is no requirement to restore original features, which have been lost prior to the historic designation of the property or a previous owner, although many owners do choose to do that. However, if you do choose to change a non-historic alteration, it must be with historically appropriate materials. For example, a 1970s aluminum slider window cannot be replaced with a contemporary vinyl window, even if it will look slightly better than the previous window. All new changes are reviewed on how they impact the significance of the historic building.
  2. If repair or maintenance of an existing feature will impose an extreme economic burden, an exception to the standards can be considered; the Historic Review Board will look at: The cost of the rehabilitation work compared to the value the property will have once repaired; The record of the applicant's effort in ongoing maintenance; Alternative means of preservation or restoration available to the applicant.

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1. What is the difference between "Maintenance" and "Changes"?
2. Are there alterations which will not be approved?
3. What standards does the Historic Review Board use to evaluate the applications?
4. Are the economics of repairing my property considered?
5. Are there any tax benefits available for historic renovations?
6. I noticed that there are many types of inventory forms on the website and some have more information than others, why is that?
7. I think I have found an error on one of the forms, who do I contact to have it changed?
8. I have an historic photo of the house/street and would like to give it to the city to put online, who do I contact?
9. If it has an inventory form, does that mean it is historic? What makes a building “historic”?
10. What if I have additional questions that have not been answered?