Design Review Commission

Design Review Commission


What is the Design Review Commission (DRC)?
The history and architecture of Georgetown are recognized as nationally significant in the preservation of American history by the 1966 designation of the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District. For this reason, Georgetown residents believe that its historical heritage and resources should be protected and designs for alterations and new construction should be compatible with historic structures. Design Review Guidelines, administered by the Town-appointed DRC, is the primary regulatory tool the Town has chosen to protect its historical heritage and resources.

The Town of Georgetown requires that property owners or developers with proposed new construction projects, such as exterior remodeling or rehabilitation, additions to existing buildings, obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) before they can obtain a building permit. This requirement applies to construction projects regardless of where they are located in Georgetown.

COA's are issued by the Design Review Commission if the proposed project is approved in the DRC design review process. The DRC relies upon the design guidelines when it reviews projects for "appropriateness" within the design context of Georgetown and its Character Areas. Design guidelines apply in addition to provisions in the zoning ordinance and building codes for construction of buildings, site work and signs.

Design Review Guidelines
Book 1 Design Review in Georgetown
Book 2 Guidelines for the Historic Design District
Book 3 Guidelines for the Millsite, Meadows and Gateway Design Districts

Design Guideline brochure
Pre-Approved list (Projects that do not require a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA))

Certificate of Appropriateness Application

Rehabilitation Tax Credits
Colorado Historic Preservation Income Tax Credit 
 Application for Colorado State Income Tax Credit for Historic Preservation

DRC Meetings- 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month
                            6:00 pm at Town Hall - 404 6th St.
COA applications must be submitted at least 14 days prior to the meetings to Town

If your project requires a building permit, you may apply for one through Town Hall, after COA is approved.

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  • Book I revised June 2010.pdf
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