What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

How do I determine the age of my home?

The easiest source is the DeKalb County Tax Commissioners website. There is a link at the bottom right of this page. The date is not always accurate because documents for Oakhurst were destroyed in a fire. You can search the City of Decatur archives for building permits or there may be elements in the design or construction of your home that would give a more accurate date.