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(a) Required. An historic area work permit for work on public or private property containing an historic resource must be issuedpursuant to the provisions of this chapter before:
(1) Constructing, reconstructing, moving, relocating, demolishing or in any manner modifying, changing or altering the exterior features of any historic site or any historic resource located within any historic district.
(2) Performing any grading, excavating, construction or substantially modifying, changing or altering the environmental setting of an historic site or an historic resource located within an historic district;
(3) Erecting or causing to be erected any sign or advertisement (with the exception of those signs which temporarily advertise for sale an historic site or an historic resource located within an historic district, or which for a temporary period advertise a political viewpoint) on the exterior or on the environmental setting of any historic site or any historic resource located within any historic district.
(b) Exceptions. Nothing in this section shall be construed to require the issuance of an historic area work permit for any ordinary maintenance, repair of exterior features, any customary farming operations or any landscaping, which will have no material effect on historic resource located within an historic district, of which such features are a part. For the purposes of clarification of this section, the commission shall develop and publish guidelines regarding what activities constitute ordinary maintenance and shall send a copy of these guidelines by registered mail to all owners of historic resources designated on the master plan.
(c) Disclosure requirements.
(1) Applicants for permits to demolish or substantially alter the exterior features of any historic site or historic resource located within an historic district are required to disclose its identification as such in writing on any application therefor.
(2) Any person who shall undertake any work as stated in subsection (a) of this section without first obtaining an historic area work permit shall be subject to the penalties established in section 24A-11.
(d) Advice of commission prior to application. The commission shall adopt procedures to encourage owners of historic resourcesto seek the advice of the commission prior to filing an application for an historic area work permit, on the appurtenances and environmental setting appropriate to the resource, construction methods and materials, financial information concerning historic preservation or any other matter under this chapter affecting the issuance of a permit. (Ord. No. 9-4, § 1; Ord. No. 11-59.)