“Maintenance” and “Changes”

Ordinary maintenance and minor repairs involving identical materials and design do not require an application Painting previously painted surfaces is a common example of what does not need approval. However, repairs that will use different materials, that would change the existing character of the building, or which are extensive enough to require a building permit, must be approved before work begins. If there is any doubt, owners should consult with the Historic Preservation staff by phone or in person:

Neighborhood Services Office
1120 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616-456-3451; Fax 456-4546 or 456-3453

Even when approval is needed it often can be given by the staff. Since there is no fee, nothing is lost by asking advice, and much difficulty can be avoided in case approval is required.

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