PAINT COLORS

Approval is not required for painting existing buildings. Staff approval is required for paint colors on new construction. An exemption to paint colors and painting is available to qualifying low-moderate income homeowners (owner-occupants).

RECOMMENDED

  • Remove all loose paint and clean the surface before repainting. It is not necessary to remove all old paint as long as it is firmly fixed to the surface.
  • Paint colors are essentially a personal choice. They are reversible, have no permanent effect and have usually changed many times throughout the history of a building. There are two general approaches which are appropriate for selecting a color scheme.
  • Identify through research the original colors and repaint with matching colors. Previous paint colors can be found by scraping through paint layers with a knife, analyzing the paint in the laboratory, or finding hidden areas which were never repainted.
  • Repaint with colors commonly in use at the time the building was built.
  • Consider using different shades of the same color when variation in color is desired but there is a danger of the color scheme becoming too busy.

NOT RECOMMENDED

  • Avoid monochromatic (single color) schemes on buildings which originally had vibrant, multiple and contrasting colors.
  • Avoid highly polychromatic (multi-color) schemes on buildings which were originally painted with restraint and simplicity.

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