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Johnson City, TN 37601

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Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (CofA) is a document stating that proposed work on a particular site is appropriate for the historic district it is within and meets local code criteria. There are two levels of review that occur in the Planning Division’s office. First, if the work is determined to be minor, or is an in kind replacement, a staff level review will occur. A CofA will be issued by staff if the work is determined to be appropriate.

Staff Approval:

  • Replacement of light fixtures/signs
  • Replacement of doors (including storm doors)
  • Replacement of fences/retaining walls
  • Replacement of windows (including frames and storm windows)
  • Replacement of roofs, gutters, and downspouts
  • Replacement of mechanical equipment
  • Replacement of siding

If the work is determined to be a major exterior alteration, demolition, or completely new construction, the HZC will review the application and issue the CofA if the work is determined to be appropriate.

HZC Approval:

  • New Structures
  • New additions that increase habitable living space and/or is visible from the street
  • Major exterior alterations (including finish materials, awnings, doors and windows, gutter/downspouts, lighting fixtures, mechanical equipment, and storm doors and windows when replaced not in kind
  • Demolition
  • Moving existing structures

A building permit cannot be obtained without first receiving a CofA if in a Historic/Conservation District. To obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness Application please click here.