As a current or potential resident, you may have questions regarding the regulations associated with a home located in a historic zone, or district. The information provided on this page is intended to serve as an overview. For the latest updates and additional information, please contact the City of Harriman Historic Zoning Board. The excerpt below is from the 2015 Harriman Historic Districts – Design Review Guidelines. You may view this document in its entirety by clicking the icon at the bottom of this page.

Cities and towns nationwide have adopted historic preservation codes to protect historic neighborhoods and landmarks. Preserving the historic character of a downtown area or neighborhood can improve livability and quality of life. Preservation can also promote civic pride in older and historic districts, improve property values, create skilled jobs, increase sales tax revenues, reduce sprawl and minimize negative impacts on the environment by retaining existing buildings and building materials.

The historic districts in Harriman are distinctive areas, each with its own unique character. Each historic district is distinguished by its buildings, streets, parks and parkways, trees, architectural design and landscape features. Each district serves as a legacy, linking present and future generations with their heritage and providing diversity to the city’s appearance and character. Historic districts are valuable assets to the city and are indicative of healthy, vital neighborhoods occupied by residents proud of their neighborhood and its history. Development and investment that enhances the character and livability of Harriman’s historic districts are encouraged.

The City of Harriman established the Harriman Historic Zoning Commission (HHZC) by ordinance in1990, granting the Commission powers of identifying and designating historic districts and drafting design review guidelines for rehabilitation of historic properties and for new construction with historic districts. The design review process requires property owners to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) prior to the issuing of a building permit for such work. A COA application is available from the Building Department and should be submitted with a detailed description of proposed work. The property owner shall submit the application before the HHZC.

How to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)

1. A property owner should contact the Building Inspector’s office for a building permit. If the property is located within a historic district, the owner will receive a COA application.

2. For minor changes, completion of the form may be all that is required. For major changes, the owner should submit the application accompanied with plans, photographs, drawings and any other documentation illustrating the property and the proposed work.

3. The HHZC will review the application and inform the owner if further documentation is needed.