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The Ocala Historic Preservation Advisory Board (OHPAB) is a part of the City of Ocala Planning Department. You may contact them at 352.629.8529. The brief information below will help clarify the rules and regulations for the Ocala Historic District. A Certificate of Appropriateness (C.A.) must be issued by the Ocala Preservation Advisory Board (OHPAB) before any work to the exterior of a property located within the designated historic districts and other designated resources can begin. This includes, but is not limited to the following:

1. Any changes to materials in the exterior appearance of existing buildings or structures.
2. Any altercations or additions to the exterior of buildings or structures- i.e.: changes to windows, doors, roofs, siding, porches, entranceways, stairs, railings, etc.
3. Demolition or partial demolition of any building or structure.
4. Any new construction.
5. The erection of fences or walls and the installation of storage sheds, gazebos, swimming pools, satellite dishes, fountains, arbors, etc.

Certification of Appropriateness applications are available at the City Planning Department located at 121 SE Watula Ave. Sixteen sets of building plans for structural changes or new construction, including all four elevations, drawn to scale with the dimensions and 16 sets of site plans or landscaping plans, drawn to scale with dimensions, must be submitted with the C.A. application.

If the owner cannot attend the OHPAB meeting, then an authorization letter for the non-property owner representative at the meeting must also accompany the C.A. application.

The OHPAB meets the first Thursday of every month beginning at 4:00 in the City Council Chambers located on the second floor of City Hall, 151 SE Osceola Ave., Ocala, FL. The application deadline for submitting C.A.'s is the Thursday two weeks prior to the meeting date.

For detailed information on rules and regulations for preservation you may visit the City of Ocala's website by clicking on this link

OHPAB Guidelines