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Historic Districts

Maintaining our city's historical resources is critical. The buildings and other resources in our city's historic districts provide a window into our past, are reminders of our city's culture and complexity, and provide irreplaceable value in their neighborhoods today.

Ocala is home to four historic districts. Ocala and Tuscawilla Park Historic Districts are locally and nationally designated, while the Downtown Commercial and West Ocala Historic Districts are only nationally designated.

Please see the maps and documents on this page for more information about the city's historic districts and maintaining our historical resources.

Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board

The Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board (OHPAB) is a nine (9) member board appointed by the Ocala City Council. It is composed of citizens who voluntarily, without compensation commit their time and expertise to the stewardship of historic resources in our community through the Ocala Historic Preservation Code. One of the Board’s primary responsibilities is to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs).

Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be approved by the Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board (OHPAB) before any work to the exterior of a property located within locally designated historic districts (Tuscawilla Park and Ocala Historic Districts) and other designated resources can begin. Activities requiring a COA include the following:

1. Any changes of materials in the exterior appearance of existing buildings or structures.
2. Any alterations or additions to the exterior of buildings or structures – i.e.: changes to windows, doors, roofs, siding, porches, entranceways, stairs, railings, etc;
3. Demolition or partial demolition of any building or structure;
4. Any new construction;
5. The erection of fences or walls and the installation of storage sheds, gazebos, swimming pools, satellite dishes, fountains, arbors, driveways, sidewalks, etc.

You do not need a COA for interior changes as long the changes do not affect outside elements i.e. windows and doors. The COA applies only to exterior changes. Painting does not require a COA. However, the color of the paint used should be compatible with the historic district and neighborhood. For masonry, paint if historically painted but do not paint if historically unpainted.

A set of building plans (no larger than 11 x 17) for structural changes or new construction, including all four elevations, drawn to scale with dimensions, must be submitted with a COA application. There is no application fee; however, if work is started without a COA, there is a fee of $100. If the owner cannot attend the OHPAB meeting, a representative can attend provided an authorization letter from the property owner is with the COA application. Application submissions can be mailed, dropped off at the Growth Management Department or emailed to Gus Gianikas at ggianikas@ocalafl.org or Ian Rynex at irynex@ocalafl.org.

 

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