Alteration Certificate Application(PDF, 387KB)
An alteration certificate is required prior to any demolition, alteration to the exterior of the structure, construction of an addition, or construction of a new structure on a designated site. An Alteration Certificate ensures that the landmark maintains its historic significance and that any proposed changes are compatible with the existing architecture and character.
An Alteration Certificate is NOT required for normal or ordinary maintenance or repair of the exterior structure or for any construction or change to the interior of the structure.
The application must demonstrate that it:
- Does not adversely affect or destroy any architectural feature of the structure
- Conforms with design guidelines adopted by the Preservation Commission
- Any distinctive feature, finish, construction technique or examples of craftsmanship that characterize the property are maintained
- Any new addition, exterior alteration or related new construction does not destroy historic materials that characterize the property
- Any addition and any related construction that is removed in the future will not alter the essential form and integrity of the historic property and its environment
- Any new work is differentiated from the old and is compatible with the massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment
- The historic character of the property is retained and preserved and the removal of historic materials or features that characterize the property is avoided
- There is not substantial economic hardship
- Complete the Application (PDF) for Permit and submit to the Planning Director
- The Planning Director will review and refer to Preservation Commission
- City Staff will present to the Preservation Commission for approval or denial of Alteration Certificate
- Appeal can be made to City Council of Denial of Alteration Certificate
Please review Article 11, Section 17.11.5 of the Lakewood Zoning Ordinance for more information on Alteration Certificates.