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How to Apply for Georgetown Review

To apply for review by the Old Georgetown Board (OGB) and Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), follow the steps below. A separate application to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is not necessary.

Step 1: Prepare an Application

Consult the CFA website for information on submission requirements. Prepare the necessary submission materials. If your project is a new building or large addition, contact the CFA staff at (202) 504-2200 or [email protected] for guidance before applying.

Step 2: Submit the Application

Take submission materials to the HPO, 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650. You cannot apply online or by email or US mail. If possible, submit before the deadline date because lines at the HPO desk can be long on that day.

Submit two copies of the project plans, photos, and any other supporting materials with the application for concept or permit review. For concept applications, the HPO staff will assign case numbers for both CFA and HPRB, even if an HPRB review is not required.

Step 3: Post Public Notice

When you apply for OGB review, HPO staff will provide one or more public notice placards to post on the property. Within five days of filing, post the required public notice as directed in the instructions. The public notice must remain posted for the duration of the OGB review process.

Step 4: Prepare for the OGB Meeting

After your application is filed, HPO transmits it to CFA. The CFA staff will contact you if needed to discuss the application or request more information. If you have not already done so, the period before the OGB meeting is also an opportunity to inform your neighbors, interested community groups, or the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, as appropriate.

Step 5: The OGB Meeting

The CFA staff will advise you if your case is on the OGB agenda or Consent Calendar at the OGB meeting. The meeting agenda is posted on the CFA website the Friday before the meeting. If your case is on the agenda, either you or a representative should attend the meeting to present the project and answer questions.

Step 6: The CFA Meeting

After the OGB meeting, the CFA staff compiles all OGB recommendations into a draft Old Georgetown Appendix for CFA adoption at its meeting two weeks later. This Appendix is posted on the CFA website the Friday afternoon before the CFA meeting. The project review is not complete until CFA has approved the Appendix.

You do not need to attend the CFA meeting if your case is on the Appendix. Occasionally, however, CFA will review a major Georgetown case on its meeting agenda. The CFA staff will notify you in advance if this applies to your project.

Step 7: After the CFA Meeting

After CFA has approved the Old Georgetown Appendix, the staff sends you a letter with the final CFA recommendation. If the recommendation is for approval, the CFA staff returns the application to HPO.

Applications are normally ready for pickup at the HPO office three business days after the CFA meeting. The HPO staff will contact you by email when the paperwork is ready. You may then continue with other required reviews at the DCRA Permit Center.

If CFA recommends against approval of a permit application, you may resubmit revised plans for CFA review. If you do not plan to resubmit, consult with the HPO staff for further information about hearings by the Mayor’s Agent.