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A Certificate of Appropriateness is required to make any external change to a protected structure in a Local Historic District and to move, demolish or build a new building in a Conservation District.


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How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?

If a property is located in one of the districts on the Historic Districts Map, it is subject to review by the Historic Preservation Commission through the Certificate of Appropriateness process. You can find the additional information about the historic and conservation districts, maps and guidelines at Local Historic Districts.

For any questions regarding historic properties or local designations, please contact the Historic Preservation Program Manager for the City of Bloomington, at (812) 349-3507. A Certificate of Appropriateness application, which can be picked up at the office of Housing and Neighborhood Development in Showers City Hall or by downloading the form from the links below, should be filled out identifying the scope of work and materials to be used. No fee is charged to file an application. A few photographs, plans, a map, and a description of the work are all you need. The complete application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled Historic Preservation Commission meeting.

Application form for Certificate of Appropriateness

Application form for Certificate of Appropriateness (Fillable PDF)


Where do I go?

Historic Commission meetings are scheduled the second and fourth Thursday of every month and are held in the McCloskey Room (135) of Showers City Hall at 5 PM. You or your representative should plan to appear to answer questions. 

Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. The link can be found on the City Calendar under Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission on the scheduled meeting dates.

Please follow the link below to view the 2020 schedule of Historic Preservation Commission meetings:

2022 Schedule


What do I receive if my COA application is approved?

A Certificate of Appropriateness is much like a building permit. It should be displayed in your window while work is in progress. If your work also requires a building permit from the Monroe County Building Department, the COA should be attached to that application.