The City of Painesville has five design review districts within city limits. The Planning Division of the Community Development Department is responsible for all design reviews to make sure any new construction or exterior alterations to buildings and structures follow design district regulations. Any and all exterior work done in a design district must complete the following:
All design plans can be submitted to the Planning Division for design review. Any work that is denied by the City Planner can be appealed to the Design Review Board with a Certificate of Appropriateness Appeal.
- Commercial Design Districts: New construction and exterior alterations to buildings and structures within a commercial design district are subject to design review. This includes retail, services, offices, institutions and residential projects.
- Historic Design Districts: Painesville's historic districts were created in order to recognize and preserve each neighborhood's unique architectural heritage. These identified areas are protected by a design review process. Any exterior changes must be reviewed and approved in order to ensure historic integrity.