Architectural Design Review Board

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Certificate of Appropriateness

  1. Application for Certificate of Appropriateness - work in a Historic District

Any exterior work (including painting, roofing, gutters, signage, doors, siding, and windows) to buildings, outbuildings, or other exterior features located within one of the City of Hamilton's Historic Areas or properties individually listed by Ordinance is not permitted until the Architectural Design Review Board (ADRB) issues a Certificate of Appropriateness for the work.  It is the responsibility of the ADRB to review the plans, monitor the work, and administer the Architectural Conservation/Historic District section (Section 1126.00) of the Hamilton City Zoning Ordinance.  
Applications and plans are submitted to the Planning Department, and are due three Fridays prior to a potential ADRB meeting.  The ADRB meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 345 High Street, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.  

Please do not hesitate to contact that office with any questions or concerns, call 513-785-7350 or email the staff.

Be advised that COA applications and project proposals that could detract from the historic and/or architectural character of a historic home or building will require documented evidence and reasoning for the proposal.  Such proposals may include, but are not limited to:

  • Demolitions - - - - - will be denied without significant evidence, analysis of structure, quotes illustrating rehabilitation/repair costs, etc.
  • Vinyl Windows - - - - - not conducive to historic homes, and can be denied if applicant lacks documented reasons, quotes comparing costs, showing significant damage of windows, etc.
  • Vinyl Siding - - - - -  not appropriate for historic homes, and can be denied; such a proposal requires significant evidence and reasoning compared to the appropriate alternatives.
  • Removing Box Gutters - - - - - will be denied without significant evidence, analysis of structure, quotes illustrating rehabilitation/repair costs, etc.
Please refer to the ADRB Policies & Guidelines for further information, or contact the Planning Department.

NOTICE:  ADRB Architect Vacancy

The City is currently taking Applications for a trained architect, landscape architect, city planner, or engineer with a degree from an accredited college or university, or at least two (2) continuous years verifiable professional work experience.

This is a volunteer position, serving on the ADRB for review of applicant proposals regarding exterior changes and improvements to properties in the City's Historic Districts.
Click Here for the Application.
Completed Applications can be emailed to

Architectural Design Review Board Members

Robert Brown, City Council 
ADRB Architect:  VACANT
NOTE: **Currently taking Applications for an ADRB Architect, Landscape Architect or Engineer**
           Click Here for the Application

Tom Alf, Planning Commission 
Alternate:  VACANT
 VACANT, Dayton-Campbell Historic District
Alternate:  Jennifer Albinus   - Term: May, 2019
Pauline Fairbanks, Rossville Historic District   - Term: June, 2019
Alternate:  Jane Jacobs  - Term: June, 2019
 Andy Weltzer, German Village Historic District  - Term: June, 2020
Alternate:  Debby Ripperger  - Term: June, 2020
 Karen Whalen, Historic Hamilton   - Term: January, 2019
Alternate:  Shi O'Neill  - Term: October, 2019
Kevin Burke, Special Improvement District - Term: April, 2019
Alternate:  Tony Traub - Term: June, 2019
Mary Pat Essman, Chairperson, Chamber of Commerce   - Term: October, 2019
Alternate:  Rob Weigel   - Term: May, 2020 
Armand Bloch, At Large   - Term: September, 2019
Steve Beckman, At Large​  - Term: January, 2020


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