The City of Lakeland is proud of its diverse architectural history. To preserve these cultural assets and protect the historic integrity and character of each historic structure, material changes to the exterior of historic buildings and properties are subject to the City’s design review process.
Design review and the issuance of a Certificate of Review is required prior to starting any project that will alter the exterior of a Local Historic Landmark or building within a Historic District, new construction within a Historic District, the relocation of a historic building, or demolition of a historic building or building within a Historic District. This process has been streamlined to accommodate minor and major projects. Applying for design review is done through the City’s iMS system.
Design guidelines provide guidance on compatible changes to and treatment of historic buildings and properties, as well as 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 the standards by which the Historic Preservation Board's Design Review Committee and staff evaluate proposed historic preservation projects. A Certificate of Review will be granted if the proposed project is consistent with the Design Guidelines and must be granted prior to the issuance of building and demolition permits.