Quick Guide for New Business & Property Owners
Before making changes to any building or property in the Downtown Overlay District, you will need to contact the Main Street Director in the Corsicana Visitor Center. A Pre-Application Meeting will help determine what is needed to complete your project. Approval of your project by the Landmark Commission (LANDMARK) is required to receive your Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). We recommend you allow up to 15 days from the time of your Pre-Application Meeting for the review process and LANDMARK approval. Below are some common questions that you may find helpful.
I want to put up a new business sign. Do I need to get approval for it?
Yes, because you are located within the Downtown Overlay District, LANDMARK approval is required prior to putting up your sign. The Main Street Director will go over what materials are needed for your COA application, when you can go to LANDMARK and how to get your sign permit from the Permits & Inspections Office.
I want to make changes to the outside of my building. Does this need to be approved by anybody?
Yes, you will need both LANDMARK approval and permits from the Permits & Inspections Office prior to commencing work. The Main Street Director will go over what materials will be needed for your COA application, when you can go to LANDMARK and who you need to talk with to obtain all the proper building permits. If needed, a staff member from the Permits & Inspections Office will join the Pre-Application Meeting.
I want to do some minor landscaping around my business. Do I need LANDMARK approval?
Not always. Landscaping can be administratively approved depending on the complexity of your project. Contact the Main Street Director. You may need to have a Pre-Application Meeting before submitting your proposal letter and materials. If the project requires major land disturbance, the Main Street Director may require it be reviewed by LANDMARK.
I want to do an infill (new construction) project. What all do I need to do?
Infill projects usually require more time than other applications. At least two meetings with LANDMARK are required. You should meet at least once to discuss your project. LANDMARK will then need to see the project again for actual approval. Before anything, you will need to contact the Main Street Director and have a Pre-Application Meeting. A staff member from Permits & Inspections will attend, if needed. In addition to obtaining your COA from LANDMARK, you will need to contact the Permits & Inspections Office. Projects that involve remodeling, demolition, electric, plumbing or sign installation require specific permits before beginning work and a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) is required prior to moving into your building. Below are some common questions that you may find helpful.
How do I get my Certificate of Occupancy?
As soon as you know that you are moving into a new building or that ownership is changing, visit the Permits & Inspections Office. The application review process takes up to 10 business days from when the C of O is applied for. During this time, staff from Fire and Building Inspections, as well as the Main Street Director, will review the business for compliance.
I want to make changes to my building. Who do I need to talk to first?
Depending on the type of changes you are requesting, you may need to talk to multiple staff members. For projects involving modifications to the interior of your building, contact the Permits & Inspections Office and set up a Pre-Application Meeting. For projects involving modifications to the exterior of your building, contact the Main Street Director. Both parties may be required to attend the meeting depending on your project. Some permits may require LANDMARK approval prior to being issued. These details will be explained during the Pre-Application Meeting.
Do I need approval to paint the outside of my building?
Yes, because you are located within the Downtown Overlay District, LANDMARK approval is required prior to painting your building. In most cases, administrative approval from the Main Street Director is possible, provided color choices are within the approved color palettes. Approved palettes are available from several local paint retailers, including Sherwin Williams (Arts & Crafts and Victorian), Gilfillan’s (Benjamin Moore Historic) and Owen Hardware (Historic). The Main Street Director reserves the right to refer paint color requests to the full commission at his/her discretion.
Can I put up a banner?
Yes, but only for a limited time. You will need to visit with the Permits & Inspections Office and fill out an application for a temporary banner. For quick review and possible approval, please come in with two copies of the rendering of the banner, how big it will be, where it will be located and how it will be tied down. A fee will be charged upon permit approval and your banner will be good for 30 days. Please note that all banners are subject to review by the Main Street Director.