What standards does the Commission use to evaluate the applications?

The Commission is required to apply the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings. The Commission has also adopted local guidelines which have been approved by the State.

In addition, the Secretary of the Interior has published Guidelines based on the standards which may be helpful to an applicant considering how to make appropriate changes to an historic structure.

The local policies and guidelines interpret the federal Standards on issues which arise frequently in Grand Rapids. The next section lists the current local guidelines.

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