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.

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COA Checklist - Windows and Doors 780.05 KB 154 downloads

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COA Checklist - Roof Replacement 648.76 KB 113 downloads

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COA Checklist - New Construction 694.18 KB 76 downloads

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COA Checklist - Exterior Alterations 728.86 KB 146 downloads

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COA Checklist - Demolition 908.20 KB 35 downloads

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Historic Preservation Resources Board

Member NameTerm Expiration DateAppointed By
Judith Fox31-July-2021Mayor
Robert D'Arinzo31-July-2020District 3 Vice Mayor
David Cavorsi31-July-2020District 3 Vice Mayor
Judith Just31-July-2022District 1
Bernard Guthrie31-July-2021 Mayor
William Feldkamp - Chair31-July-2022District 2
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