Making Changes or Repairs to a Historic Property

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The Board of Historic Review makes decisions about whether to grant Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) for a particular project.  A Certificate of Appropriateness is an approval to obtain a building permit and perform work to the exterior of an historic property, including demolition, removal, new construction, additions, or alterations.  Consult the City of Rock Hill's Design Review Guidelines manual for complete information on making repairs.

One reason that such requests go before the Board of Historic Review is so that people who would be most affected by the approval or denial of a request (such as nearby property owners) may participate in a public hearing and make comments for or against the request before the Board makes a decision to approve or deny it.  

A Certificate of Appropriateness is not required for the ordinary maintenance or repair of exterior architectural features when the repair does not involve a change in design, material, color or outer appearance of the structure. Certificates of Appropriateness are not required for alterations to the interior of a building or alterations to the use of a building, unless the interior of a particular structure is specifically identified in the ordinance designating the property or district as historic.

Process 

While not required, a pre-application conference with the staff is recommended to help explain the application requirements and public hearing process. To set up a pre-application conference, please call Janice Miller at 803-817-5129.

You will need to file the Certificate of Appropriateness Application form along with the required fees and attachments as noted on the form. Your application will be reviewed to determine if it is complete, and if so, it will be scheduled for Public Hearing at the next available BHR meeting, based on the adopted Board of Historic Review Calendar.

A Staff Report will then be prepared reviewing the facts of the application and whether the application complies with the COA standards, which are also outlined on the Certificate of Appropriateness Application form The Staff Report will also include a recommendation to the BHR, including any recommended conditions to help the application meet the COA standards.

The application will then be considered at the Board meeting after a Public Hearing. You or your representative will need to attend the Board meeting and explain the details for your proposal and answer questions. Decisions of the Board are final, but can be appealed within 30 days to the Circuit Court. A COA permit expires after 12 months (or other time frame if specified at the time of approval), if construction has been completed within that time period.

Contact

For further information on the Certificate of Appropriateness process, please contact Janice Miller at 803-817-5129 or janice.miller@cityofrockhill.com.  Please check the City's calendar for meeting dates and application deadlines.

Related Information

Rock Hill Board of Historic Review

Certificate of Appropriateness Brochure

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

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