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Work Exempt from Preservation Review

Work Not Requiring a Building Permit

The following work does not require a building permit, and is not subject to historic preservation review:

Routine Exterior Maintenance

  • Ordinary repairs, such as simple do-it-yourself repairs like replacing a broken piece of glass, reattaching or tightening loose materials, etc.
  • Painting and paint color selection (except painting of unpainted masonry on historic landmarks)

Routine Window Work

  • Installation or removal of window screens, storm windows, and security bars not blocking required egress
  • Window repair (such as reglazing, caulking, weather-stripping, consolidating deteriorated elements, and installation of new hardware)
  • Portable window air conditioners
  • Non-commercial awnings

Routine Site Work

  • Planting or removal of trees and shrubs
  • Swings and other playground equipment associated with 1- or 2-family dwellings
  • Sculpture and ornaments

Permit Work Not Requiring Preservation Review

The following work does require a building permit, but is not subject to historic preservation review. Applications may be referred to the Historic Preservation Office for a clearance to ensure that the plans do not include work subject to preservation review.
Interior Work

  • Interior alterations (except to specifically designated historic interiors)
  • Non-structural interior demolition


  • Use and occupancy permits