The Marshall Historic District (MHD) was adopted as part of the new Marshall Code. This Historic District has been implemented to help retain the historical characteristics of Marshall and provide incentives for the preservation of contributing structures. If your property is located within the Marshall Historic District, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) may be required if undertaking any of the activities listed below:

  1. Construction of a new building or structure, except for accessory buildings 256 square feet or less in size and structures that are not visible from the adjoining public street or adjoining public open space.
  2. Additions to existing buildings if the addition is visible from the adjoining public street or adjoining public open space.
  3. Exterior alterations to contributing structures, except for alterations that are not visible from the adjoining public street or adjoining public open space and except any activities that involve the following:
    1. Replacement of windows or doors that do not change the size of window or door
    2. Painting
    3. Repairs with visually similar materials
    4. Replacement of siding and trim with visually similar materials
    5. Reroofing
    6. Replacement or installation of HVAC units, antennas, personal satellite dishes, meters, cable/utility boxes or exterior lighting fixtures
    7. Fences, patio pavers and walkways
    8. Signage
    9. Alterations or additions to existing buildings that are approved through the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR)
  4. Demolition or relocation of any contributing structure, unless such demolition or relocation is not visible from an adjoining public street or adjoining public open space.

Interior renovations do not require a COA.

Process:

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) can be submitted by itself or concurrently with a building permit or site plan. Staff STRONGLY encourages applicants to meet before submission. If a COA is submitted concurrently with a building permit or site plan, the building permit or site plan will be placed on hold until the COA is approved or denied. It is at the applicant's discretion when applying and fees will not be refunded.

Once the COA application is received the applicant is required to post the property to notify the public of the proposed changes. Community Development will provide the applicant with the posting documents and affidavit. It is the applicant’s responsibility to post the property within one week of application. Once the property is posted comments will be accepted for two weeks.

The Zoning Administrator will work with the Historic Preservation Planner regarding the COA application and any public comments received. A COA can be approved, approved with conditions, or denied. This decision shall be made no less than 45 days after submission. You are able to appeal a COA decision. Please visit the Appeal page for instructions.

Application Requirements:

  • Completed Certificate of Appropriateness Application (with original signatures)
  • Written Description of proposed exterior changes or new construction
  • General sketch plan of the property. Including location of existing structures, property & setback lines, and any proposed new construction, additions or deletions, parking areas, and fences
  • Total gross floor area of the existing building and of any proposed additions
  • Elevation drawings depicting existing conditions and proposed exterior changes
  • Photographs of the subject property in context of the buildings on contiguous properties
  • Structural evaluation & cost estimates for rehabilitation (for demolition only)
  • Flash Drive with PDF files of all submission materials.

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