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The Friendly City
Architectural Review Board

The City of Bradenton has two historic districts. They are the downtown area around the Historic Courthouse and the center of the old Village of Manatee around the intersection of Manatee Avenue East and 9th Street East.

The exterior alteration of a building and signage requires a Certificate of Appropriateness from the city’s Architectural Review Board (ARB). The demolition of buildings can in some cases require a Certificate of Appropriateness. Some changes to the exterior can be approved administratively without an ARB hearing. Planned Development Projects containing buildings over 45 ft. in height and infill projects exceeding 5 acres require a Design and Compatibility Review even if these projects are outside of the designated historic districts.

The ARB meets, if needed, on the first Monday of every month. Applicants should contact Volker Reiss, Community Services & Code Compliance Manager at 941-932-9402 for any questions.

Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Historic Preservation Part 1 Pre-Construction Application
Historic Preservation Part 2 Final Application for Review of Completed Work