Homeowners must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) for exterior changes to properties in Druid Hills. These include such changes to structures as: additions and enclosures, window and door replacements, porches, decks, new construction, and demolition. Changes to the landscape including fences and walls, driveways and parking pads, and major plantings also require a COA.
How to Apply in DeKalb County: Contact the DeKalb Preservation Planner at 404-371-2155. The DeKalb Planning Department is located at 330 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 500, Decatur 30030. The COA application and the DeKalb Historic District Guidelines are available on the DeKalb County government website planning page: http://planningdekalb.net/. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DHCA Help Line: Need help with your COA? Not sure how to proceed? The DHCA’s Historic Preservation Committee is available to help you with the COA process. If you would like to receive assistance, please e-mail email@example.com and provide your name, phone number, and a brief description of the project. We will help you to make sure that your application is complete and to share our knowledge of how the guidelines might apply to your project. Please note that receiving assistance from the committee does not guarantee that your project will be approved by the DeKalb County Historic Preservation Commission.
Parking for Contractors: Homeowners must obtain special permits for contractors working on their property. Click on link below for an application. http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/publicwrks/transportation/pdf/permitApplication.pdf
*Please note that Decatur Parkwood District Guidelines supplant the Parkwood Character section of the Design Manual.