In 1975 Ocean Grove was placed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places. In 1976 Ocean Grove Was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. These designations were based on the high percentage of existing original and early homes that retain their vernacular, seaside, Victorian design and ornamentation as well as the unique urban planning created the founders in the 1870’s that is still in existence.
The benefits of living in a National Historic District are significant. The beauty and character of the community make it highly desirable. However, with the benefits come the responsibility of each homeowner to help preserve Ocean Grove’s heritage.
The Township of Neptune established the Historic Preservation Commission to review all proposed exterior alterations to existing properties and proposed new construction. To “Recapture the Spirit of Ocean Grove” and preserve the architectural integrity, craftsmanship, and heritage of Ocean Grove, The Commission determines if that work will meet standard put forth in the approved Design Guidelines.
The members and staff of the Historic Preservation Commission are dedicated to preserving Ocean Grove’s heritage. They are committed to working with the community, teaching residents about preservation, and helping applicants enhance the integrity and value of their homes in a historically appropriate manner. Only through cooperation between property owner and the Commission can the goal of preservation be achieved.
Application for Certificate of Appropriateness
In addition to the prevailing applicable submission requirements of the Township for zoning permits, development applications, demolition or relocation permits and any other actions that would affect the exterior appearance of a structure or of its site, the following requirements also pertain to properties located in a Historic District or other formally designated sites elsewhere in the Township. The following (in two (2) copies each) shall be submitted with the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness to the Secretary of the Historic Preservation Commission.
A. Any exterior alteration on existing structures or buildings or other improvements on their sites, including, but not limited to: windows, doors, shutters, balustrades, railings, columns, cornices, moldings, trim, stairs, steps, porches, walks, patios, siding, gutters, signs, solar panels, fences, walls greater than eighteen (18”) in height, and roofs, etc. in any historic zone district or other designated sites in the Township. The repainting of any exterior existing structure, building or improvement in the same color shall be specifically excluded from the requirements of this subsection. In addition to the above-mentioned exclusions, any painting of any part of the exterior, existing structure, building or improvement in any of the historic colors approved by the Historic Preservation Commission by resolution and on display in the office of the Secretary of the Historic Preservation Commission shall be specifically excluded from the requirement of this section of the application.
B. Applications for construction permits for new construction or alteration in any historic zone district.
C. Applications for construction permits to demolish a structure in any historic zone district or any other designated site in the Township.
D. Applications to relocate a structure in a historic zone district or any other designated site in the Township.
Applicants for a Certificate of Appropriateness are available at the HPC Office located in the Neptune Municipal Building or by clicking the link above.
All applications are carefully reviewed by the Technical Review Committee or the Administrative Officer for completeness and demonstration of compliance. Some simple repairs and maintenance projects may be issued a Certificate of Appropriateness upon administrative review of the proposed plan. Plans that do not demonstrate compliance will be scheduled to appear before the Commission at the next available monthly meeting. The HPC holds regular meeting (open to the public) on the second Tuesday of every month, at 25 Neptune Blvd, Second Floor, Township Committee Room, Neptune, NJ 07753 at 7:00 p.m. The meeting dates can be found on the Neptune Township Calendar.
What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (C of A)?
A Certificate of Appropriateness is a document issued by the Historic Preservation Commission approving any preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or alteration of property dealing with construction, demolition, additions, removals, repairs or any feature for any existing or new construction. A Certificate of Appropriateness shall expire two (2) years from the date it was memorialized.
Two members of the HPC are available on the first and third Tuesday of every month to informally meet with applicants to discuss their proposed project. They will work with the applicant to better understand the Design Guidelines and can offer suggestions on how to best bring their ideas into compliance. They will also answer any questions concerning procedure and how to go about completing an application. The comments made during this meeting do not preclude additional information, request, comments or concerns from other Historic Preservation Commission members.
Informal/Concept Review Meetings are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment please contact the HPC Office at 732-988-5200, extension 247.
When and Where are HPC’s Monthly Meeting Held?
The HPC holds hearings the second Tuesday of every month, at 25 Neptune Blvd, 2nd Floor, Township Committee Room, Neptune, NJ 07753 at 7:00 p.m.
How Do I Contact The Historic Preservation Commission?
Applicants can contact the HPC Office Monday - Friday, 8:00 pm - 4:00 pm (in person, by calling Dawn Crozier, Secretary, at 732-988-5200, extension 247, or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.