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Chair: Ann Pullen

Meets: 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month

Facade Reimbursement Program

This program provides reimbursement opportunities for renovations performed on the exterior facade of buildings located in the downtown Rome, Ga. area. The project must comply with the Historic Downtown Rome Design Guidelines and the U.S. Department of the Interior Standards. Copies of the standards and guidelines are available at our office. Once the approved project has been completed, in compliance with all the requirements, you will be reimbursed for the apporved amount. Currently, you can receive reimbursement for one-third (up to $1,000) of your total project cost. You must spend a minimum of $1,500 to be eligible.

Facade Reimbursement Grant Program

Are you the owner of a historic building in downtown Rome?  Here’s more information on the Historic Plaque Program

Historic Plaque Program Application

Sidewalk CafeSidewalk Cafe Permit

The Sidewalk Cafe Permit should be obtained by downtown Rome, Ga. restaurants wishing to offer an outside area of food service that is connected with, a part of, and adjacent to an indoor restaurant or cafe located in the city. Eligible restaurants that would like to establish a sidewalk cafe must obtain a sidewalk cafe permit prior to operation in the public right-of-way. The cafe operator shall meet all conditions and requirements for a sidewalk cafe permit at all times. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 706-236-4520

Revised Ord GUIDE May 2015

Historic Preservation Commission

Rome’s Historic Preservation Ordinance requires property owners and occupants to obtain approval before undertaking any exterior material change in the appearance of a property located within a local historic district; including changes to existing buildings, new construction, and major landscaping projects.  Approval for an exterior change in the appearance of a property may be granted through contacting the Planning Department and obtaining the appropriate forms (can be downloaded by clicking the link below).  Design guidelines for properties in downtown Rome may also be found on this page.

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City of Rome, Planning Department
PO Box 1433, 607 Broad Street, Rome, GA 30161
706.236.5025 office
706.378.3866 fax

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