Historic Preservation Commission
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
TEL: 609-386-0200 ext. 114
Historic Preservation Commission Offers These Informative Links
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Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
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Historic Preservation Commission
To be considered for agenda, submit a complete Application at least two (2) weeks in advance of the scheduled meeting date, to:
Lisa Schiller, Board Secretary
Procedural Guidelines – Application, Procedure, Forms, Ordinance, etc. on paper
Applications Forms – Certificate of Appropriateness (download and print Application, Instructions in Acrobat® PDF format)
U.S. Dept. of the Interior Technical information publications – see Get the Facts
The Historic Preservation Commission is primarily charged with safeguarding the important architecture and historic heritage of the City. The Planning & Zoning Board relies on Commission advice on these matters.
City residents may benefit from historic preservation through:
The benefits are achieved by preserving elements of cultural, political, social, economic and especially architectural history which fall within specially-designated individual sites, areas and the Historic District. See Map of Historic District (link above) for an indication of whether your property lies within its authority.
EXTERIORS of historic sites, structures and sections of the City are protected from demolition, permanent damage and ill-advised alterations. Before commencing work, seek advice from the City of Burlington Construction Official or the Historic Commission Secretary. If necessary, residents or property owners will be directed to seek Commission approval in the form of a review of proposed exterior work, and issuance of a “Certificate of Appropriateness.”
Your application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (see link above) will be reviewed by the Burlington City Historic Preservation Commission. You must provide sufficient information for us to properly review your Application.
Please complete the Application. Also, please submit any plans required by the City Construction Official showing conformance with the code, along with your application for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Much of the criteria for review is based on visual appearance. A current facade (front) photograph of your building is required with your application. The Commission also needs to receive photographs of the specific building portion the application will address. If you have historic photos they would also be helpful. In addition, brochures and other printed material showing intended types of doors, windows and fencing are important in the evaluation process. These items are generally available from suppliers and manufacturers of these products. Samples of proposed siding and roof material are also needed. Finally, color charts indicating planned colors or color schemes are necessary. The Historic Preservation Commission may be able to assist you in the area of historical design and color planning, see Technical Assistance below.
Submit Your Application
Your Application and all related materials must be submitted to Ms. Schiller by the appropriate deadline date, that is, at least two (2) weeks before the scheduled meetings. Interested persons will be scheduled accordingly after the submission of the Applications / proposals. If the deadline is not met, your Application will be heard at the following monthly meeting.
Attend the Meeting
You are normally required to attend the meeting to present your proposal. You may also send a representative such as a contractor or attorney with written authorization. Meetings are generally held:
1st Wed. each month
Technical information publications from the Office of Cultural Resources, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior come in the form of three series:
These resources cover technical topics regarding preservation, restoration, adaptive reuse, rehabilitation, etc. They are available, free of charge, from the Commission, or N.J. State Historic Preservation Office. Or, see the sources below...
* Old House Journal magazine (http://www.oldhousejournal.com/index.shtml )
* Paper copies of these Briefs, with original pictures, can be ordered from the U. S. Government Printing Office. To order, use this page from the GPO’s Web site. Search the Sales Product Catalog for “Preservation Briefs.” ( http://bookstore.gpo.gov/ )
The Historic Preservation Commission has established a shelf of Reference literature and materials, to aid citizens interested in historic architecture, period designs, colors and schemes, preservation and techniques. These sources are available with the assistance of the:
Library Company of Burlington
Historic Restoration and Preservation resources at the Library include:
City of Burlington Historic District Zoning and Historic Preservation Commission Ordinance - defines boundaries of the City Historic District and describes classifications of buildings within, as key, contributing and non-contributing. Provides specific criteria for review of applications from each class.
City of Burlington Historic Designation Survey - contains certain information about each property within the bounds of the Historic District: date of construction, presence on N.J. and National Historic Registers, and building classification (key, contributing and non-contributing).
Design Standards for Historic Landscape Restoration - 1977 project of Rutgers University and the City of Burlington describes 11 different architectural styles present in the City in terms of landscape and garden features and design, with appropriate plants listed for each. The document also contains an indexed record of the architectural style and street address of each Historic District property.
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation - are ten basic principles to use in preserving the distinct character of a historic building and site, allowing for reasonable changes to accommodate changing needs.
The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties - defines treatment approaches: Presevation, Rehabilitation, Restoration and Reconstruction. Includes standards for each approach and guidelines for selecting your method.
National Park Service Technical Preservation Briefs - As the stewards of many National Monuments, the Park Service experts have assembled a series of 42 topical booklets to guide the preservation, rehabilitation and restoration of historic buildings. Topics include masonry, mortar, roofing, wood windows, architectural cast iron, landscapes, lead paint abatement and more.
Preservation Services Directories - Publicatons from Preservation NJ and old House Journal contain listings and information on products and services of interest to owners of historic properties.
Brochures and color charts from the providers to many National Park Service properties, Finnaren & Haley. Contains color and combinations deemed appropriate to the Philadelphia area for period architectural styles.
Miscellaneous spec sheets and “white papers” detailing available windows, shutters, doors, wood doors, wood restoration systems, chimney liners, lead paint abatement and encasement products, roofing, flooring, coatings and sealant products.
The City of Burlington Historic Preservation Commission may assist property owners in our Historic Districts regarding the exterior rehabilitation or restoration of their properties. Such assistance may be of value, especially in the areas of:
How to Request Technical Assistance
Access to Technical Assistance is offered through appointment, only.
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