7. What does “visible” from a public way mean?

Published October 19, 2016 | Historic Districts Commission | Updated December 4, 2020 | Automatically Archived on 12/19/2020

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7. What does “visible” from a public way mean?

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Answer: Regarding what determines visibility from a public way, the Commission’s policy is as follows:

  1. a) A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for only those parts of a structure that are visible from a public way. 
  2. b) If any portion of a structure is visible at any time of year (e.g., during the winter when trees have lost their leaves), a Certificate of Appropriateness is necessary for any changes to be made. 
  3. c) Certificates of Appropriateness for structures that are hidden from a public way by easily removed or altered plants (e.g., shrubs) are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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