Design Review Board


Meetings:


  • The second Thursday of every month, as well as the fourth Thursday (March-June)
  • New applications are due the Thursday prior to the meeting date (while meetings remain remote - see next line - we are not requiring 10 paper copies of applications, just one digital PDF copy)
  • Meetings are held at 93 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609 (note: meetings are being conducted remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 2022 meeting schedule (please note start time of 4 PM)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Most Recent AgendaView All Agendas and Minutes



Next regularly scheduled meeting:

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Design Review Board meeting - 4 PM, via Zoom


Under the provisions of its Remote Participation Policy (see below), the Design Review Board will hold its regular monthly meeting for October remotely via Zoom at 4 PM on Thursday, October 13, 2022.

An agenda for the meeting, as well as copies of the applications under review and Zoom login information, will be posted closer to the meeting date.





Remote Participation

The Design Review Board has adopted a policy allowing for remote participation, as allowed under state law. A copy of that policy is available here.

At this time, due to the urgent issue of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the declarations of a public health emergency by both the US and Maine departments of Health & Human Services, that remote participation policy is in force and the Design Review Board is conducting all its meetings fully remotely. Please contact the Planning & Code Enforcement office at (207) 288-3329 if you have questions about this.


Contact the Design Review Board



Email the entire Design Review Board at designreview@barharbormaine.gov

Please note: Sending an email to this address will go to all members of the Design Review Board listed below, as well as town staff members in the Planning and Code Enforcement office: Planning Director Michele Gagnon, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain, Deputy Code Enforcement Officer Mike Gurtler, Assistant Planner Steve Fuller and Administrative Assistant Tammy DesJardin.

If the message relates to a particular application before the Design Review Board, that email will also be provided to the applicant. Any message sent to this email address is also considered a public record and may be subject to a request under the Maine Freedom of Access Act. Information that you wish to keep confidential should not be included in email correspondence to this address.

Contact information for individual Design Review Board members is not provided, as anything sent to individual member(s) of the board and not all parties involved in the review of a particular application would constitute ex parte communication.


Members:


  • Barbara Sassaman, Chair
    Term expires 2023
  • Vacancy
    Term expires 2024
  • Francis "Pancho" Cole, Vice Chair
    Term expires 2024
  • Vacancy
    Term expires 2022
  • Vacancy
    Term expires 2025
  • Andrea Lepcio, Secretary
    Term expires 2023
  • Vacancy
    Term expires 2023

Additional Information


The Design Review Board reviews all projects which are located within their jurisdiction. Their jurisdiction includes the Downtown Village Districts, the Shoreland General Development I District, Town Hill Business, and the Village Historic District. However, regardless of the district location, any conditionally permitted use or property which houses a bed and breakfast is subject to design review.

Board Process


The Design Review Board must review applications for demolition of structures which are historic, the moving or relocation of a building or sign which is historic, any exterior material change to the exterior of a historic building, sign, fence, or structure. Any new construction of principal or accessory structures, except for single or two family dwellings. Any material change to the exterior of a non historic building, sign, fence, or structure. Any change in existing fences, retaining walls, or freestanding walls, the erection of a new sign, relocation of an existing sign, change of appearance of an existing sign, and seasonal closure of businesses. However, it is advisable to meet with the Code Enforcement/Planning Department staff to determine whether or not Design Review Board approval is required.

A building permit is required for all activities except painting, regardless of approval by any other reviewing body.

Certificate of Appropriateness


In order to ensure the aesthetic quality of Bar Harbor is preserved, the town requires a certificate of appropriateness from the Design Review Board before many changes to the exterior of buildings, or the addition of a sign can be made. Examples of construction or renovation projects that require a certificate of appropriateness include:
  • Demolition or relocation of a historic building
  • Changes to the exterior appearance of an historic or non-historic building including:
    • Windows and doors
    • Williamsburg exterior paint colors - if colors are chosen from the approved design review board color charts (also available in Planning Office) then a Design Review Board Certificate of Appropriateness is not required
    • Siding and roofing
    • Awnings
  • Landscape lighting
  • Construction of a new commercial building or an addition to an existing commercial building
  • Installation or changes in fences or freestanding walls
  • Installation or changes in signage including sandwich boards
  • Installation or changes in outdoor storage or display including vending machines
  • Plans for seasonal closure

Application for Certificate of Appropriateness


Below are links to applications for specific types of projects:

Design Rules