Plan Submission & Review
Historic District Commission:
The Washington Historic District Commission shall have for its purpose the preservation and
stewardship of all structures in the designated Historic District of the Town. The commission shall have for its
further purpose the guardianship of those structures which have architectural and historical value and which should
be preserved for the benefit of the people of the Town and State.
Step One: Certificate of Appropriateness
Permitting begins with a submission of your project plan to the Historic District Commission to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness.
Section 9. Submission of Plans to Commission for Exterior Changes
The owner of any property within the Historic District shall apply for a pemit or
Certificate of Appropriateness from the Commission before the commencement of any work in:
1. the erection of any new building or other construction in the Washington
Historic District; or
2. the alteration or addition to any existing structure in the Washington Historic
3. the repairing or demolishing of any existing building situated within the
Washington Historic District.
4. the relocation of any building into or out of the Washington Historic District.
Step Two: Building Permits and Inspections
Once the application and your plans are approved, you will be advised and the approval will be sent to our permit office.
The Building Permits and Inspections Department will strive to assist you with your construction project in an efficient and accountable manner. They are responsible for permitting all construction and conducting inspections of all construction-related permits as well as issuance of Certificates of Occupancy, Fire Prevention, and Special Events.
The Building Permits and Inspections Department is responsible for:
- Working directly with the Washington Historic District Commission
- Reviewing building plans
- Issuing building permits
- Conducting building construction inspections
- Issuing certificate of occupancy permits
Remember, to obtain a permit for both residential and commercial uses, it is necessary to obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Commission. Download the form below or give us a call and we will be happy to provide you with the necessary forms. The process of obtaining a Certificate of Appropriateness is outlined in The Town of Washington's Ordinance 2007-2:
105 N Main Street, Opelousas, LA 70570
405 N. Washington St.