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The Zoning Officer determines if the proposed change or construction is minor or major, and informs the Chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission. Contact the Zoning Officer at 201-568-6100, ext. 5506 for more information.
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Five private historic residences are listed in the Tenafly Historic Sites brochure available at Borough Hall. Also, Tenafly has three historic districts: the Palisades, Atwood’s Highwood Park Historic District, and the Magnolia Avenue Historic District. The Zoning Officer can inform you if your home is a contributing or non-contributing home. The Historic Preservation Commission welcomes informal discussion of projects at the earliest stage of planning.
Contact the Zoning Officer at 201-568-6100, ext. 5506 in the Building Department in Borough Hall.
A "contributing" house is significant to the history of an historic district. A "non-contributing" house is not significant to the history of an area.
Any interior construction-as long as it does not affect the exterior does not require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
If the Chairperson of the Historic Preservation Commission agrees with the Zoning Officer’s determination, then the Certificate of Appropriateness is issued immediately if your home is a contributing structure. No Certificate of Appropriateness is necessary if you home is non-contributing.
The Chairperson may request modifications to the proposed changes or construction, or the Historic Preservation Commission is asked to make a determination at its next regular meeting.
The applicant must comply with the ordinance which includes:
This process is very similar to Planning Board applications and requests for zoning variances.
You may obtain an application form online (PDF) at the Building Department located in Borough Hall.