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Do you want to make exterior changes to your downtown property?
To protect and enhance our downtown appearance, the city's Appearance Review Staff can help you get a Certificate of Appearance and any necessary permits to complete your project.
The following projects usually need certificates of appearance approval:
The following are exempt from Appearance Review Board review:
Make sure your property is located in the Community Redevelopment Agency’s Downtown Community Redevelopment Area.
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Call the Appearance Review Board at 407.246.3414 to set up a meeting to discuss your project.
You will need to provide:
City staff will provide you an application, the application must be completed by the property owner or an authorized agent.
We will contact you with a project number to upload plans and a billing statement. Major review applications are $250.
You will receive an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. The email will include a link to ProjectDox and will assign you with a temporary password to log in.
Submit Your Plans
City staff will review your application and contact you within five business days.
If you qualify for a minor review, we'll let you know if it was approved, approved with conditions or denied. You will receive this decision within 15 days of the completeness determination. If it was approved, you will receive your Certificate of Appearance Approval within 5 days of the written decision. You can then being filing for building permits. If you would like the request reviewed by the Appearance Review Board, you can file that request with the board within five days of the written determination.
If you are applying for a major review or your would like the board to hear your minor review application, city staff will schedule your application for an upcoming Appearance Review Board meeting.
You will be provided a public notice placard that must be placed on your property at least seven days prior to your scheduled Appearance Review Board meeting.
At least seven days prior to the Appearance Review Board Meeting, we'll post a staff report as part of the meeting agenda.
The Appearance Review Staff will present their recommendations to the board and you should attend to answer any questions. Final approval will be granted by City Council.
If approved by the Appearance Review Board and City Council, we will notify you and your certificate will be in the "approved" folder in ProjectDox within five days of the City Council meeting. A list of conditions may be included.
You may now apply for any required permits.
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400 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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