Certificate of Appropriateness


Protecting the integrity of designated historic resources by requiring a review of proposals to add to, demolish or in any way alter the exterior historic fabric of such resources. 

Land Development Regulations chapter 33

Section 33-34 - Historic districts and landmarks.

Section 33-35 - Demolition

Section 33-123 - Historic Preservation Board

When is a certificate of appropriateness required?

  1. A certificate of appropriateness shall be required for any of the following activities on properties within designated Historic Districts and individually designated historic properties:
      • Any material change or alteration in the exterior appearance of existing buildings objects or structures.
      • The movement or relocation of any building object, or structure.
      • Any new construction of principal or accessory buildings or structures.
      • Disturbance of an archeological site.
      • Division of a tract or parcel of land into two or more lots.
  2. Upon designation of a Historic District or individual historic property, the designating ordinance shall prescribe those architectural features considered significant to the district or property and the types of regulated work items other than those requiring a city permit, which should be reviewed for appropriateness.
  3. For each of the regulated work items listed in the designating ordinance, the following applies:
      • Ordinary maintenance. If the work constitutes "ordinary maintenance" as defined in section 33-12, the work may be done without a certificate of appropriateness.
        • Sec. 33-12 - Ordinary maintenance means work which does not require a construction permit and that is done to repair damage or to prevent deterioration or decay of a building or structure or part thereof as nearly as practicable to its condition prior to the damage, deterioration, or decay.
      • Staff approval. If the work is not "ordinary maintenance," but will result in the "original appearance" as defined in section 33-12, including color and defining architectural details, the certificate of appropriateness may be issued by the planning director with consultation by the historic resource coordinator.
        • Sec. 33-12 - Original appearance means that appearance which, to the satisfaction of the planning director, closely resembles the appearance of either: (1) the feature on the building as it was originally built or was likely to have been built, or (2) the feature on the building as it presently exists so long as the present appearance is appropriate, in the opinion of the planning director, to the style and materials of the building.
      • Board approval. If the work is not "ordinary maintenance" and will not result in the "original appearance," a certificate of appropriateness must be obtained from the historic preservation board before the work may be done.
  4. A certificate of appropriateness shall be a prerequisite to the issuance of any other permits required by law. The issuance of a certificate of appropriateness shall not relieve the applicant from obtaining other permits or approvals required by the City of DeLand. A building permit or other municipal permit shall be invalid if it is obtained without a certificate of appropriateness required for the proposed work.

The decision on all certificates of appropriateness, except those for demolition, shall be guided by the Secretary of the Interior's General Standards for Preservation Projects and specific standards for rehabilitation stated as follows in the City of DeLand's Land Development Regulations Chapter 33, Section 34.03(b) Certificate of Appropriateness. 

The secretary of the interior's standards helpful information & links:

Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitation, Restoring, & Reconstructing Historic Buildings

Standards for Restoration & Guidelines for Restoring Historic Buildings

Illustrated Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

Guidelines on Flood Adaption for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings

  1. Emily Kunkel

    Planner II/Historic Resource Coordinator

  2. Sam Nelson

    Planner 1