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Design Review

Design guidelines were established to provide guidance on compatible changes to and treatment of existing historic district properties, as well as to assist in the development of sensitive new construction. The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation are used as the basis and reference for Lakeland's Design Guidelines. Design Guidelines provide standards by which the Historic Preservation Board's Design Review Committee and staff evaluate whether alterations to existing buildings and new construction in the historic districts are architecturally appropriate. A Certificate of Review will be granted if the proposal is consistent with the Design Guidelines, and must be granted prior to the issuance of building and demolition permits. These Standards and Guidelines are used by the Historic Preservation Board to evaluate all exterior alterations, demolitions, and new construction within the City's seven historic districts.

Design Guidelines


Applications for a Certificate of Review



Metal Roofs: Dos and Don'ts

Roofs are among the most prominent and defining features of a home. The shape, slope, material, and orientation all contribute to the character of a building. There is historical precedent for metal roofs on many Lakeland homes and owners are understandably drawn to these durable, heat-reflecting coverings. However, not all metal roofs are created equal.

✅ Flat-panel 5V crimp and standing seam roofing are appropriate for use in historic districts.

❌ Striated metal roofing is not appropriate and will not be approved.

For more information, see the information sheet: Metal Roofs: Dos and Don'ts