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The Department shall review an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness and determine within 30 days of submittal whether the application is complete or whether additional information is required.
(a) Minor Alterations. The HPC may define certain categories of work as Minor Alterations and delegate review of an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness for such Minor Alterations to Department staff. If the HPC delegates such review to Department staff, Minor Alterations shall include the following categories of work:
(1) Work the sole purpose and effect of which is to comply with the Unreinforced Masonry Building (UMB) Seismic Retrofit Ordinance and where the proposed work complies with the UMB Retrofit Architectural Design Guidelines adopted by the HPC; or
(2) Any other work so delegated to the Department by the HPC.
(b) Administrative Certificates of Appropriateness. Upon receipt of a building permit application, the Department will review and render a decision on an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness without a hearing before the HPC. The Department shall mail the Department's written decision on an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness to the applicant and to any individuals or organizations who so request. Any Departmental decision on an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness may be appealed to the HPC within 15 days of the date of the written decision. The HPC may also request review of any Departmental decision on an Administrative Certificate of Appropriateness by its own motion within 20 days of the written decision.