Historic Preservation

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The Historic Preservation Officer administers the Historic District Ordinance and assists citizens through the Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) process. The Preservation Officer is responsible for enforcing the Historic District Ordinance, providing technical and administrative assistance to the HARB, issuing Certificates of Appropriateness, and administers the City’s Façade Improvement Program. A variety of City departments rely on the Preservation Officer for technical assistance when undertaking projects involving Reading’s historical structures, that could include review by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

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