Design Guidelines

Lake Worth Beach has a rich and unique history that is reflected in its architecture. The six official historic districts (College Park, Northeast Lucerne, Old Lucerne, Old Town, Southeast Lucerne, South Palm Park)

Educational Guidelines


About Historic Preservation

The City of Lake Worth Beach is dedicated to integrating historic preservation into the local planning process and to increasing public awareness of our community’s unique history. In 1996, the City Commission adopted a Historic Preservation ordinance designed to protect the City’s historic built environment by instituting a design review process overseen by the volunteer Historic Resources Preservation Board. Since adoption, Lake Worth Beach has designated six local historic districts and four structures significant to the local history with several recognized by the National Register of Historic Places.

Certificate of Appropriateness

A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is a document stating that the proposed work is appropriate for a historic property and meets the Historic Preservation Ordinance and Historic Preservation Design Guidelines for the City of Lake Worth Beach. The COA is required before exterior work begins and before a building permit can be issued for a property located within a historic district or an individually designated landmark. The COA process protects historic properties from being adversely altered or demolished.

Please contact the Historic Preservation Division for specific information about what is needed for a Certificate of Appropriateness and the approval process. The COA Application is available below.