How do I list (locally designate) my property or a district?

Individuals may propose a designation that is not otherwise included in a historic district (an “individual” property for designation). Such a proposal should include the history and description of the property. The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will hold a public hearing after receiving the owner’s application, followed by a recommendation to City Council. As for Historic Districts, a recommendation will be initiated by the HPC. A written survey of residents will be conducted, followed by a public hearing and a recommendation to City Council. Reference Section 158.06

The Inventory Form is available from the HPC (contact the Planning Department at 419-354-6218 or Email Planning) for inputting historical information about your property. As listed in the Preservation Ordinance, at least two (2) or more of the following criteria must be met for local designation. The property is: 

  1. Is at least 50 years old;
  2. Possesses historic significance;
  3. Is the site of a significant historic event;
  4. Is identified with a person or group of persons who influenced society;
  5. Exemplifies the cultural, economic, social, political, or historic heritage of the city and/or its surrounding area;
  6. Embodies the distinctive characteristics of an architectural type, period, or method of construction;
  7. Represents the work of an architect, landscape architect or notable builder whose individual work has influenced the development of the city, the state, or the United States;
  8. Possesses high artistic values;
  9. Represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction;
  10. Has potential to yield important archaeological information; or 11. Its unique location or singular physical characteristics represent an established and familiar visual feature of a neighborhood, community, or the city.

The HPC and City staff are happy to provide assistance. The Wood County District Public Library also has resources to help owners research the history of a structure, which much can be done without leaving your home. 

As for local designation of a Historic District, a recommendation will be initiated by the Historic Preservation Commission. A written survey of residents will be conducted, followed by a public hearing and a recommendation to City Council. Reference Section 158.06

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1. Why is Historic Preservation Important to our community?
2. Where do I find the Historic and Architectural Preservation ordinance?
3. What does the Historic and Architectural Preservation Ordinance do?
4. What is required to follow the Historic and Architectural Preservation ordinance?
5. What is the difference between a National Register Listing and a Local Listing?
6. How do I list (locally designate) my property or a district?
7. What are the benefits of my home being locally designated?
8. What are the benefits of my commercial or multi-unit structure being locally designated?
9. Is a non-contributing property or building in a Historic District subject to the same rules as contributing properties?
10. How does the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process work?
11. Can I appeal the Historic Preservation Commission’s decision on my Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application?
12. How long is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) valid?
13. What are examples of major exterior work reviewed through a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
14. What are examples of exterior work NOT regulated through a Certificate of Appropriate (COA)?
15. Is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) required to repair or replace an exterior, non-historic, deteriorated wooden architectural feature on my historically significant house?
16. For a resident considering a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) request for major reconstruction of a front porch, is it necessary to appear in front of the HPC?
17. If I need to replace my front steps or sidewalk, will I be required to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
18. What restrictions will be required for landscaping?
19. Will I need to conform to historic standards when planting trees or shrubs?
20. Can I install a central air conditioning unit or window air conditioners?
21. Does a swimming pool need a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) approval?
22. Is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) required to demolish a historically significant locally listed property, whether listed individually or within a historic district?