Certificate of Appropriateness

F. Certificate of Appropriateness Required.

1. From and after the designation of a landmark or a historic district, no exterior portion of any building or other structure (including walls, fences, light fixtures, steps and pavement or other appurtenant features), or any above ground utility structure, or any type of outdoor advertising sign shall be erected, altered, restored, moved, or demolished within the Historic Districts until after an application for a certificate of appropriateness as to exterior architectural features has been approved.

For purposes of this article "exterior architectural features" shall include the architectural style, general design and general arrangement of the exterior of a building or other structure, including the kind and texture of the building material, the size and scale of the building, and the type and style of all windows, doors, signs and other appurtenant fixtures. In the case of outdoor advertising signs, "exterior" architectural features shall be construed to mean the style, material, size, and location of all such signs.

2. Such a certificate of appropriateness shall be issued prior to the issuance of a zoning permit and building permit or any other permit granted for purposes of constructing altering or demolishing buildings or structures. A certificate of appropriateness shall be required whether a land use permit is required. Any land use permit or other permit not issued in conformity with this section shall be invalid.

3.The State of North Carolina (including its agencies, political subdivisions and instrumentalities), the Town of Selma and all public utilities shall be required to obtain a certificate of appropriateness for construction, alteration, moving or demolition within the historic district or on designated landmarks.

G. Procedures for Approval of Certificates of Appropriateness.

1. Application submittal requirements. Applications for certificates of appropriateness shall be filed with the planning director.

2. The planning director shall prescribe the form(s) on which applications are made.

The application shall be filed not less than twenty-one (21) calendar days prior to the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Historic Properties Commission. Each application shall be accompanied by sketches, drawings, photographs, specifications, descriptions and other information of sufficient detail to clearly show the proposed exterior alterations, additions, changes or new construction. The names and mailing addresses of property owners filing and/or subject to the application and the addresses of property within one hundred (100) feet on all sides of the property which is the subject of the application must also be filed. The Commission shall adopt, through its rules of procedure, appropriate procedures for pre-application meetings.

3. No application shall be accepted by the planning director unless it complies with the requirements in the preceding subsection.

4. The historic district commission may specify criteria for situations in which the planning director may waive any of the application material requirements.

Certificate of Appropriateness

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