Advisory Design Guidelines

This information is to assist homeowners and business owners who live or work in the LowerTown Historic Neighborhood Zone (H-2), the Downtown Historic Commercial Zone (H-1), and the Neighborhood Services Zone (NSZ) with understanding the Paducah Historic & Architectural Review Commission (HARC) and obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Zoning Compliance.  The intent is to provide a better understanding of the unique character of the city's historic buildings and neighborhoods and how to incorporate that understanding into designs for alterations, additions, and new infill development.  Should you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the Planning Department at (270) 444-8690.

A Certificate of Appropriateness or Certificate of Zoning Compliance is required for any changes in the exterior appearance of a structure. Board decisions are based on the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings.

H-2 Zone

Before any exterior work visible from the roadway is done on any structure in the H-2 Historic Neighborhood Zone, a document called a Certificate of Appropriateness is required. A Certificate of Appropriateness can be obtained by making an application and appearing before the Historic and Architectural Review Commission.  The guidelines were originally reviewed and adopted in October of 2002 by the Paducah Historic and Architectural Review Commission, and are periodically revised.

Download a copy of the H-2 Lowertown Advisory Design Guidelines.

NSZ Zone

Before any exterior work on any facade is done to any structure in the H-2 Zone, a document called a Certificate of Zoning Compliance is required.  A Certificate of Zoning Compliance can be obtained by making an application for either staff administrative approval or appearing before the Historic and Architectural Review Commission.  These guidelines were originally created in 2007 and may be amended from time to time.  Please contact the Planning Department to verify the latest information.

Download a copy of the Neighborhood Services Zone Fountain Avenue Neighborhood Design Guidelines.