Certificate of Appropriateness


A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is a permit required for any exterior changes to properties located in Covington’s Historic Preservation Overlay Zones or some KRS Chapter 99 Development Areas. There is no fee associated with this permit, as long as the application is approved before work begins. Penalties between $50-$100 will be applied if work has begun before approval is received.

Applications that warrant a staff review can take up to 10 business days for review. Applications that warrant review by the Urban Design Review Board (UDRB) are reviewed monthly and are due two weeks before the meeting date. UDRB Meetings are held every third Monday of the month at at Covington City Hall Commission Chambers, 20 W Pike Street, Covington KY, 41011.

Building and/or zoning permits will not be approved for properties within the Historic Preservation Overlay Zones until a COA has been issued by the Preservation Specialist.

All exterior work in HPO zones are to comply with the Historic Covington Design Guidelines. All exterior work in the 12th Street Corridor Redevelopment Plan Area must correspond to the 12th Street Design Guidelines.

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