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HPC COA for Minor Works

Minor work items include changes to a property that are less permanent in nature, are a secondary feature in relation to the site and/or are judged not to have a significant impact on the property and are consistent with the New Bern Historic Preservation Commission’s established guidelines.

Minor work items require a Certificate of Appropriateness, which can be approved by the HPC Administrator. The following list of exterior work items are considered to be Minor Works:

  • Tree and shrubbery planting and removal;
  • Pointing masonry with lime mortar consistent with the existing mortar;
  • Installation of mechanical equipment in secondary and tertiary areas of visual concern;
  • Installation of parking areas in tertiary areas of visual concern that are not incongruous in design or materials, are well screened and do not exceed fifty percent rear yard coverage;
  • Patios and sidewalks in secondary and tertiary areas;
  • Wooden decks (or composite materials in the case of non-contributing structures) in tertiary areas of visual concern;
  • Benches, pergolas, arbors and other lawn ornamentation in the secondary and tertiary areas of visual concern that are not of incongruous materials or scale and do not obscure the architectural or character defining features of the structures or site;
  • Replacement of standing seam metal roofs with asphalt shingles of a non-variegated, dark color;
  • Installation of skylights within tertiary areas of visual concern;
  • Storm windows (and doors) where divided mullions of storm windows/doors align with those of the window/doors behind, and storm windows/doors have a painted finish;
  • Gutters and downspouts when no internal gutters are present;
  • Permanent and Temporary signs and “historic home” identification signs;
  • Repainting of sign lettering;
  • Removal of incongruous synthetic siding where original siding exists underneath;
  • Accessibility ramps for residential purposes in tertiary areas;
  • Handrails on steps;
  • Waterfront docks without lifts or boathouses;
  • Lighting fixtures;
  • Bear Statues;
  • Minor residential landscaping projects
  • Residential driveways and walkways
  • Patios and sidewalks in Secondary and Tertiary AVCs
  • Arbors and pergolas in Tertiary AVCs
  • Flat and low slope roof replacements
  • Doors, door frames and associated door trim in tertiary areas which are compatible with original sizes, designs, configurations and materials
  • Storefront canvas awnings

(NOTE:  HPC Administrator, at her/his discretion, may at any time forward a Minor works item to the Commission for its review and/or approval. Also, as a convenience to the applicant, Minor work items may be included in larger applications for Major alterations and approved by Commission.