Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from constructing an addition to my house?

No, but additions to structures located within Local Historic Districts must be reviewed and approved by the Historic Preservation Commission. The Commission and its staff work with property owners and contractors who wish to enlarge structures to ensure the new addition does not detract from the architectural significance of the original historic structure.


Common design features that allow for additions to historic structures include small setbacks from the original wall line, alterations to the addition's roof line, cladding material, and repetition of fenestration (windows and doors) that complement or blend well with existing patterns.

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1. What is the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission?
2. Are there any districts already in Lafayette?
3. Is there a difference between a National Register Historic District and a Local Historic District?
4. If I want to make a change to my property, what is the procedure?
5. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
6. Does the Historic Preservation Commission deny many COAs?
7. What about repair and maintenance - Do I have to apply to the Commission for every fix?
8. Can the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission tell me what color I have to paint my house?
9. Does the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission have the authority to tell me what landscaping I can install?
10. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from constructing an addition to my house?
11. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from demolishing a building?
12. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from building on a vacant lot?
13. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from installing new windows or doors?
14. What are the benefits of designating my property as part of a Local Historic District?
15. Does designation as a Local Historic District affect my property values?
16. Are there resources for those properties listed within a Local Historic District?
17. If I have questions, who can I contact?