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Ballard Avenue Landmark District FAQs
1. Is the building or business I own located in the Ballard Avenue Landmark District? If so, what does that mean to me?
Check the boundary map to determine whether the building is in the District. If it is, you already know that owning property or a business in the District means it's located on a street that looks and feels different from others. That's because owners have banded together to manage change in the neighborhood in order to maintain its special character. To do this, they have agreed that any change to the exterior of a building or any change that is visible from the exterior of a building must be reviewed and approved by the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board. The installation of new signs, repainting, new construction, remodeling, and demolition are some of the changes that fall under the authority of the Board.
2. How do I get approval to make a change in the use or appearance of my building?
If you plan to make any change that affects the exterior of a structure in the District or is visible from the exterior - including installing new signs, new construction, remodeling or demolition - contact the Board Coordinator at (206) 684-0229 as early as possible so we can recommend next steps. To get your project reviewed and approved by the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board, you need to apply for a Certificate of Approval and attend a Board meeting to present your application.
3. Who is on the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board?
The Board consists of seven citizens who include District property owners, business owners, an architect, and a Ballard historian or person who has demonstrated special interest in the Ballard community. Five of the members are elected by the community to serve two-year terms, two are appointed by the Mayor of Seattle and confirmed by the Seattle City Council to serve two-year terms.
4. When is the election held and who can vote?
Elections for the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board is held each June and all residents, tenants, persons who operate businesses and property owners of the Ballard Avenue Landmark District, of legal voting age, are eligible to participate in the election.
5. I want to put up a new sign. What requirements must it meet?
Sign applications are evaluated according to the proposed sign's overall impact, size, shape, texture, and lighting in relation to use, the building and street where it will be located, and its relationship to other signs and other buildings in the community. The Ballard Avenue Landmark District Guidelines can help you design a sign that is appropriate for the District.
6. How does the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board make decisions?
The Board bases all of its decisions on the standards set forth in three documents - the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Ordinance (SMC 25.16), the Ballard Avenue Landmark District Guidelines, and the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Contact the Board Coordinator at (206) 684-0229 for a paper copy of any of these documents.
7. When is the next District Board meeting and what is on the agenda?
The Board meets on the first Thursday of each month at 9:00 a.m. at the Ballard Neighborhood Service Center, 2305 NW Market Street. Go to Ballard Avenue Landmark District Board Agenda to learn about the next scheduled meeting.