Purpose of the Architectural Review Board (ARB)
As stated in Ordinance 1450.02, the purpose of the Architectural Board of Review or ARB, is to protect the value, appearance and use of property on which exterior buildings, signs and other structures are constructed or altered to maintain a high character of community development, to protect the public health, safety, convenience and welfare, and to protect the real estate in the Village from impairment or destruction of value.
This purpose shall be accomplished by the Board regulating, according to accepted and recognized architectural principles, the design, use of materials, finished grade lines, dimensions orientation and location of all exterior alterations to main and accessory buildings, signs, structures and landscaping moved, altered, remodeled or repaired, subject to the provisions of the Planning, Zoning, Building Codes and Village Ordinances. In reviewing, regulating and approving building plans, the Board shall consider and be cognizant of the development of adjacent, contiguous and neighboring buildings and properties.
Review of Plans and Specifications
Ordinance 1450.06 states that no person shall construct, alter or relocate a building or structure without first submitting detailed plans and specifications, including representations of exterior appearance, to the Board at the time of filing an application for a building permit.
Ordinance 1450.07 outlines that the Board shall hold meetings and notice of all meetings shall be published. The Board has regularly scheduled meetings on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:30 A.M. in the Council Chambers. You must submit all of the required items no later than ten days prior to the meeting date. This allows ample time for the Board members to review your application and drawings and prepare for the meeting. You will be notified by mail of when your hearing is scheduled. The Board gives five days prior written notice of the hearing to the applicant. Noticed are mailed to the adjoining property owners and notices are posted in normal places.
What projects require ARB approval?
When you submit a Building Permit Application to construct a new building, alter an existing building, or erect a commercial sign, the ARB must approve the application before a permit can be issued. Below is a list of projects that require ARB approval:
- New Residential Dwellings
- Residential Additions & Exterior Alterations
- New Commercial/Industrial Buildings
- Commercial/Industrial Additions & Exterior Alterations
- New Garages
- Garage Exterior Alterations
- Storage Sheds (over 80 square feet only)
- Commercial /Industrial Permanent Signs
- Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Signs
What items are required when I apply?
When you submit a Building Permit Application to complete one of the projects listed above, you must also include the application fee and six (6) complete sets of drawings of the proposed building, addition or sign. If applicable, you will need to bring brick, shingle, siding and color samples. It is also helpful if you bring color photographs of the existing building(s), adjacent structure(s), proposed location, etc. If you are submitting an application for a commercial or industrial sign, you are required to include scaled color drawings of the proposed sign.
- Residential Projects - $50
- Commercial/Industrial Real Estate Signs - $50
- Commercial/Industrial Temporary Signs - $50
- Permanent Signs - $50
- Commercial/Industrial Projects - $200
Ordinance 1450.13 states that any person or persons aggrieved by any decision of the Board may, within thirty days from the date of decision of the Board, appeal such decision to Council.