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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.
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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.
Any interior construction-as long as it does not affect the exterior does not require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
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.
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.