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.


COA - Application 1.46 MB 15 downloads


COA Checklist - Windows and Doors 780.05 KB 12 downloads


COA Checklist - Roof Replacement 648.76 KB 9 downloads


COA Checklist - New Construction 694.18 KB 5 downloads


COA Checklist - Exterior Alterations 728.86 KB 10 downloads


Historic Preservation Resources Board 2020 Review Schedule

wdt_ID Original Submittal Deadline Site Plan Review Team Meeting HRPB Meeting
1 November 5, 2019 December 9/ December 23 2019 January 8, 2020
2 December 3, 2019 January 13/ January 27 2020 February 12, 2020
3 January 7, 2020 February 10 / February 24 2020 March 11, 2020
4 February 4, 2020 March 9 / March 23 2020 April 8, 2020
5 March 3, 2020 April 13 / April 27 2020 May 13, 2020
6 April 7, 2020 May 11 / May 25 2020 June 10, 2020
7 May 5, 2020 June 8 / June 22 2020 July 8, 2020
8 June 2, 2020 July 13 / July 27 2020 August 12, 2020
9 July 7, 2020 August 10 / August 24 2020 September 9, 2020
10 August 4, 2020 Sept 14 / September 28 2020 October 14, 2020
  • A pre-application meeting is required prior to submittal To request an appointment, contact the PZHP Division at pzoning@lakeworthbeachfl.gov You may also call 561-586-1687. Staff will reserve meeting space and staff resources in order to address concerns regarding the type of submittal, Board review schedule, submittal procedures, fee, application form and type and number of plans/documents that are required for a complete application submittal.
  • The submittal will generally follow the schedule identified above if the deadline has been met and the submittal is determined acceptable for processing. The Director for Community Sustainability may schedule the submittal for the following month’s Board meeting based upon the number of items already on the Board’s agenda, the complexity of the application and/or the workload of staff.
  • Applications which require submittal of a traffic impact analysis, pursuant to the municipal implementation of Palm Beach County traffic performance standards ordinance, shall include two (2) signed and sealed copies of the traffic impact analysis with the initial development application submittal package to the City. All review responses from the appropriate outside  agencies  must  be  submitted  to  the  Planning,  Zoning  and  Historic  Preservation  Division  at  time  of application submitta
  • Additional required fees may include but not be limited to legal advertisements. Fees shall be due upon receipt of invoice.
  • Note: Schedule subject to change without notice. Contact the Planning, Zoning and Historic Preservation Division to verify dates: pzoning@lakeworthbeachfl.gov

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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