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For Homes Requiring Updates or Renovations


APCOAS are not required for maintenance or repair work which does not involve a change of existing design, exterior materials, or outward appearance

APCOA link

 APCOA Process


The process:

Pre-Application: In the interest of facilitating the process for property owners, prospective applicants are invited, though not required, to confer with the Commission as a body prior to submission of a formal application for a Certificate of Appropriateness. Such inquiries are informal in nature. No action may be taken at the preapplication stage.



An APCOA must be submitted to the Town Clerk at least fifteen days prior to the date of the next regularly scheduled meeting to allow publication of the Legal Notice for a Public Hearing.  
Applications must be accompanied by drawings showing the nature of the work to be performed as well as a list of materials to be used.
APCOA  forms are available online or in the Town Hall at the Town Clerk's Office.  Completed applications should be delivered to the Town Clerk's office via email, in person, or mailed to Chairman, Historic District Commission, P.O. Box 428, Durham, CT 06422.

Historic Homes Tax Credit

The state of Connecticut I invested in rehabilitation of historic properties. More information can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/Historic-Preservation/02_Review_Funding_Opportunities/Tax-Credits/Historic-Homes-Rehabilitation-Tax-Credit