General Information




Design Guidelines



The City of Anderson Board of Architectural Review (BAR) is responsible for the

  • Preservation and protection of historically and architecturally significant structures
  • Preservation of the cultural and historical heritage of the City within the designated historical zones

In order to maintain the historic significance of the neighborhoods, the Anderson Board of Architectural Review has the responsibility for review and authorization of exterior changes to any property within the historic districts. Prior approval from the Board is required for any change to the exterior of a property including

  • New construction/additions
  • Changing paint colors/adding siding
  • Demolition of any structure
  • Removing or covering any architectural feature on the exterior of a structure and other alterations
  • Fencing and landscaping additions

Upon approval, a Certificate of Appropriateness is granted. To obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness

  • Contact the City of Anderson Planning Department for a pre-application review. The Planning staff will work with the applicant to obtain the necessary information for the Board of Architectural Review. Applications and information must be in three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.
  • The Board of Architectural Review will make a decision regarding the request at their scheduled meeting.
  • If approved, a Certificate of Appropriateness will be granted in order to proceed with the proposed project. All new construction shall meet the guidelines of the Building Department.

For more information about the Historic Districts, the guidelines of the Board of Architectural Review, or for assistance in completing the application process, please call the City of Anderson Planning Department at (864) 231-2222.

Certificate of Appropriateness

The guidelines offer appropriate ways to address design, repair, rehabilitation, good maintenance practices and compatible infill buildings in order to maintain the unique, historic character of the Anderson Downtown Historic District.

The guidelines should be used by property owners, real estate agents, developers, tenants and architects when considering a project. The following are some examples of the types of exterior property changes that would be reviewed by the Board of Architectural Review:

  • Construction of a new structure Installation of an awning
  • Alteration or restoration of any exterior features of a building
  • Addition to a structure
  • Removal or demolition, in whole or in part, of a building
  • Construction of a new sign
  • Applying a new exterior siding material
  • Adding a new window, door or dormer
  • Creating a driveway or a parking facility
  • Adding a satellite dish (TV)
  • Building a deck, fence, garage or balcony
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