The purpose of the following guidelines is to help identify typical character defining historic features and provide direction in the maintenance, repair and replacement of these features for historic properties in Washington Township, Morris County, New Jersey. These guidelines apply to historic properties and features within the German Valley, Middle Valley and Schooley’s Mountain Historic Districts, as well as individually listed properties in the township. The guidelines also provide guidance in the construction of new additions to existing historic buildings and new or infill construction within the district. These guidelines are the criteria by which the WashingtonTownship Historic Preservation Commission will review applications to determine whether the proposed work is appropriate. The goal of the Guidelines is generally to follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. While these guidelines are intended to guide restoration, repair and new construction, simply following these guidelines does not relieve the property owner of the requirement of applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness when considering work at their property.
The Historic Preservation Commission also serves in an educational or advisory capacity for owners of historic buildings and resources that are not individually listed and are outside the boundary of the three historic districts.