Certificate of Appropriateness Application Procedures

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About the Design Review Process

Preservation staff assist applicants and BAR members throughout the design review process.  Applications for projects such as installing a fence, business signs, or changing an exterior paint color scheme may be approved administratively by staff. For larger projects, our preservation staff work with applicants through the BAR review process to obtain the necessary approvals. All applications are reviewed according to the adopted Design Guidelines for the H-1 Old & Historic Overlay District and the H-2 Historic Corridor Overlay District.

BAR public hearings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m, unless noted in the BAR meeting schedule. Many applications are handled in one meeting; however, larger projects often require additional discussion and are continued to the next BAR work session, typically held on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  The Board will also schedule site visits on an as needed basis. Unless otherwise noted in the BAR Meeting Schedule, applications, fees and materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month for the next available meeting agenda.

Following BAR approval, staff will forward a Certificate of Appropriateness letter to the applicant.  This letter will advise the applicant of the Board's decision and any applicable conditions of approval.  The letter will also include direction for the applicant to seek necessary zoning and Loudoun County building permits, as needed.   Please click here for more information regarding sign or zoning related permits.  Information regarding building or trade permits may be found by visiting the Loudoun County Department of Building & Development webpage    

Please note that building permits will not be issued until the applicant has obtained a zoning permit from the Town.

COA - Certificate of Appropriateness Application & Checklist for Signs - This application is for use in H-1 & H-2 Districts. Please note that Comprehensive Sign Plans in the H-1 Old & Historic District require Board of Architectural Review approval. 

COA - Certificate of Appropriateness Application & Checklist for Administrative Review - This application is for use in the H-1 & H-2 Districts for projects such as fences, paint color changes, in-kind roof replacement, storm window & storm door installation, light fixtures, etc.

COA - Certificate of Appropriateness Application & Checklist for BAR Review - This application is for use in the H-1 & H-2 Districts for projects such as new construction, decks & patios, additions, window & door replacement, siding replacement, material changes, demolition, etc.

2019 BAR Meeting Schedule

Staff Contact 
Lauren Murphy, Preservation Planner, is the staff liaison to the Board of Architectural Review.  She may be reached at lmurphy@leesburgva.gov or 703-771-2773.