Does designation as a Local Historic District prevent me from installing new windows or doors?

Not necessarily. The members of the Historic Preservation Commission realize that all materials have a set life span, however, historic doors and windows were designed to allow for repair of individual components instead of full scale replacement.


The commission and its staff advocate for repair of existing historic windows and doors for a variety of reasons ranging from environmental factors, to material durability, to economic investment. In situations where historic windows and doors are deteriorated beyond repair the commission has approved installation of new windows and doors that match those being replaced in size and profile.


For information regarding what is considered environmental factors, material durability and economic investment, please visit the

Window and Door Installation Factors page.

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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?