Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)

  1. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?
  2. Do I need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness?
  3. How to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness
  4. COA Process Step-by-Step Chart

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?

The Certificate of Appropriateness Permit is a process for reviewing plans for work on properties in the Cumberland's local historic preservation district.   This district is also known as the Canal Place Preservation District.  This district overlays and includes the:

•      Downtown Cumberland National Register District

•      Washington Street National Register District 

•      and a portion of the Green Street National Register District      

The Certificate of Appropriateness permit ensures that any proposed work to properties in this special district complies with Cumberland’s Historic District Guidelines and, by doing so, protects our historic architectural assets as well as the property values of these properties.   

Contact Us

  1. Ruth Davis-Rogers

    Historic Planner / Preservation Coordinator


     Community Development Department

    City Hall

    57 N Liberty Street

    Cumberland, MD 21502

    Phone: 301-759-6431

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