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How to Obtain a Certificate of
Appropriateness for Exterior Renovation and
Alterations and New Construction
building permit can be issued for alterations or new
construction on a landmark site or in an historic
district, the Landmarks Commission must approve the
project and issue a "certificate of appropriateness"
that certifies that the work will be compatible with
the historic character of a building and/or its
determine whether or not a building is listed as a
landmark or in an historic district, check the City
Assessors web page at
On the web page is a section that enables you to
find out basic property information by address. If
the property is subject to the Landmarks
Commission's ordinance it will have a corresponding
suffix (or prefix) on the zoning category, such as
designated landmarks, HIS-L.
the Mansion Hill historic district, H.
the Third Lake Ridge historic district, HIS-TL.
the University Heights historic district, HIS-UH.
the Marquette Bungalows historic district, HIS-MB.
* for the First
Settlement historic district, HIS-FS.
ordinances for the Third Lake Ridge, University
Heights, Marquette Bungalows and First Settlement
include criteria for review of alterations that were
developed cooperatively by the Landmarks Commission
and neighborhood property owners (please note that
Mansion Hill does not have specific review criteria
for alterations). For reviewing new construction
projects, each historic district also has separate
criteria that the Landmarks Commission must follow.
instances, the Landmarks Commission can issue a
variance from the criteria. For more information,
see Madison General Ordinances Sec. 33.01(15) or contact the Landmarks Commission
City of Madison
Department of Planning
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