Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Ruth Davis-Rogers

    Historic Planner / Preservation Coordinator


     Community Development Department

    City Hall

    57 N Liberty Street

    Cumberland, MD 21502

    Phone: 301-759-6431

    Staff Directory

If the property in question is located in Cumberland's local historic preservation district, known as the Canal Place Preservation District, a Certificate of Appropriateness Permit is required, in addition to other local building permits, for work on properties in this 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.   

If the property in question is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places, or in a National Register District, that is not also recognized as a local historic district, and is not receiving state or federal assistance (in the form of grants and/or tax credits) there are no restrictions on interior and exterior changes as long as the appropriate local building permits are applied for.   

Guidelines for historically appropriate rehabilitation are defined by widely-adopted Federal Standards: The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties