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).
- 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.
- 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.