The Williamsport Historical Architectural Review Board reviews all exterior repairs, renovations, and construction planned in the District. If your property is in the District, you must obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) before performing exterior alterations, repairs, improvements, demolitions, or construction. There is no fee for a HARB review.
If you want to replace a historic feature, such as windows, porch railings, or wood siding, slate or to demolish a structure, you must document the condition of the feature or structure and support your request for replacement or removal. New construction, including additions or garages, requires detailed drawings and plans and must be compatible with the property and district in general.
HARB sends a recommendation regarding your proposal to City Council. City Council is the official body issuing Certificates of Appropriateness. If you disagree with HARB’s recommendation, you have the right to discuss your application with City Council.
Property owners can apply for a HARB Review by completing the HARB Review Application. An application requires a detailed work description, photographs of the building, photographs of the work area, and samples, brochures, or other information about the materials you plan to use. You or your representative must attend the meeting to explain the work.Submit an Application
245 West 4th Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
Phone: (570) 327-7500
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