Realtor Information for Buying in the Historic District

Do you have clients that have questions on purchasing a home or land in the Historic District?  Since realtors are normally the first contact with new residents, please be sure to share this information with prospective buyers of historic homes. 

 The City of Mount Dora has a Historic Preservation Review Area which is bounded by Eleventh Avenue on the north,  Highland Street on the east, First Avenue on the south, and Helen Street on the west.  Clients with a desire to purchase a home or properties that reside within this district (or are on the National Registry of Historic Homes) that are older than fifty (50) years of age, a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required for proposed exterior alterations, additions and demolition requests (residential and non-residential).  Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) must be reviewed and approved by the Historic Preservation Board (HPB) and meet all Land Development Code and Building Regulations.  

The Historic Preservation Board (HPB) uses The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings and the City of Mount Dora Historic Preservation Design Guidelines.   

Applications for Certificates of Appropriateness should be completed in full with all required documentation and submitted by the deadline to be placed on the next agenda for the Historic Board.  Applications for new building construction on undeveloped property (infill development) must include elevations of the surrounding structures which will be influenced by the new structure.