PB officials to crack down on preservation rules

105 Clarendon Avenue
105 Clarendon Avenue

Palm Beach officials are looking to tighten rules for owners of landmarked houses who wish to demolish or make major alterations to their properties.

Officials are considering requiring owners to obtain a separate permit for demolition work — and finish that work — before they are issued a building permit to restore or reconstruct landmarked homes, according to the Palm Beach Daily News. Demolition work is currently included within the scope of building permits.

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The move comes after the demolition of a landmarked house at 105 Clarendon Avenue.

“The inventory of town landmarks constitutes a valuable cultural asset,” Planning, Zoning and Building director John Page said. “Preservation of that asset is a cornerstone of the landmarks ordinance.” [Palm Beach Daily News]Christopher Cameron