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About the COA





Any plans to alter or reconstruct any Locally Designated Landmark or landmark site must be approved by the Landmarks Commission before a building permit can be issued. The Commission will issue a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to indicate that the proposed alterations have been approved.

The application instructions and application form for the Certificate of Appropriateness can be obtained from the Building Inspector along with the request for a building permit. When completed, the application form must contain all pertinent information concerning any alteration or reconstruction of a landmark or landmark site. This information will be needed for the Landmarks Commission to evaluate the impact of the proposed work on the landmark and the surrounding area. In order to expedite the evaluation process, please fill out the form completely and accurately, and include drawings and photographs. The completed form should be submitted to the Chair of the Landmarks Commission, c/o Stoughton City Hall, 381 E. Main Street.

The Commission shall have up to 60 days to approve the application and return the Certificate of Appropriateness to the building inspector with permission to issue the building permit. If the Commission decides that the request does not meet the guidelines of city ordinance 12.13 5(6)(c)(1 2), it shall inform the Building Inspector to deny the issuance of the permit. The Commission shall at the request of the applicant, cooperate and work with the applicant in an attempt to obtain approval within the guidelines of the ordinance. Review of denial of permits shall lie to the City Council pursuant to Chapter 24 of the Code and the Wisconsin Statutes.

The Commission

June 16, 1993

COA Instructions

To receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission, it is necessary for the applicant to complete the application form and return it with a copy of the plans, drawings and specifications and, if necessary, supplemental materials. This application is to be filed with the Chairperson of the Landmarks Commission at City Hall, at least ten (10) days before the regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission at which the application is to be reviewed. In general, documentation submitted with the application is nonreturnable, with the exception of historic photographs, etchings, lithographs original blueprints and drawings, or other special materials.


Provide the name given to the property when it was designated, if you know it. Give the full address of the property including zip code. If located in a local historic district, give the name by which the district was designated.


Provide the name, address, and telephone number of the owner. If there are multiple owners of the real estate, include all parties using a separate sheet of paper if necessary. Provide the new name, address and telephone number of applicants, if different for the owner.


Provide a copy of the plans, rendering, drawings and written specifications of the alteration. To supplement your application, you may also wish to submit photographs, slides, material samples, site plans, sketches, historical documentation, or anything else that will illustrate to the Commission and staff the effect of the proposed change.


Complete a separate item for each type of exterior architectural feature affected, such as windows, roofs, porches, cornices, or masonry. Briefly describe the feature or materials and give the approximate date that it was constructed, if known. Describe in detail the proposed work and how it will impact the existing feature. Use as many pages as necessary to cover all aspects of the project. If more space is needed, continue on a separate page. Reference work items to accompanying drawings or photographs.


All applications must be signed and dated.

If you have questions or need assistance in completing this form. please telephone the Landmarks Commission Chair at Stoughton City Hall 608-873-6677 or email .