Is there a difference between a National Register Historic District and a Local Historic District?

Yes, this is one of the biggest misunderstandings of historic districts - there are 2 different types.


National Register Districts are established and determined to be important to American history, culture, architecture or archaeology by the National Park Service. Inclusion in a National Register Historic District is honorary and provides historic structures with limited protection from adverse effects by State and Federally related/funded projects.


Local Historic Districts are established by local city ordinance and are overseen by the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission. Designation as a Local Historic District does not prevent owners from making changes to their properties; it simply guides them towards the most appropriate options.


If and when a property owner wishes to make changes to the exterior of their property they are required to complete an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) and present their proposed changes to the Historic Preservation Commission.


View the

Certificate of Appropriateness Application (PDF).

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1. What is the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission?
2. Are there any districts already in Lafayette?
3. Is there a difference between a National Register Historic District and a Local Historic District?
4. If I want to make a change to my property, what is the procedure?
5. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
6. Does the Historic Preservation Commission deny many COAs?
7. What about repair and maintenance - Do I have to apply to the Commission for every fix?
8. Can the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission tell me what color I have to paint my house?
9. Does the Lafayette Historic Preservation Commission have the authority to tell me what landscaping I can install?
10. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from constructing an addition to my house?
11. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from demolishing a building?
12. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from building on a vacant lot?
13. Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from installing new windows or doors?
14. What are the benefits of designating my property as part of a Local Historic District?
15. Does designation as a Local Historic District affect my property values?
16. Are there resources for those properties listed within a Local Historic District?
17. If I have questions, who can I contact?