Important Documents:

ALU Compliance Certificate Application (PDF)

ALU Regulations (PDF)

Architects List (PDF)

Contractor Authorization Certificate (PDF)

Rules and Regulations (PDF)

2016-2017 Contractor List

Building Permit Book

Important Contacts

 

The built environment is an integral and vital component of the fabric of Chautauqua. Private property owners have the privilege and responsibility to improve and maintain this fabric through revitalization efforts as well as the occasional construction of a new dwelling. This effort is only possible with the pool of talented professional contractors that commit to using their experience in this critical effort as well.

Being a unique place, there are unique circumstances under which capital improvement projects can be accomplished. As private property and an Historic District, there are certain processes, rules and regulations that have been put in place to help maintain Chautauqua’s national historic significance and presence. The Architectural and Land Use Regulations (ALU) was created for this purpose and the procedures that are required flow out of the need for continual and steadfast enforcement of the ALU.

The information contained on this page as well as the links to PDF documents and forms will help the homeowners, architects and contractors walk down the road to successful design and construction within the confines of the regulations. The following gives a brief overview of methods and process for completion of work within Chautauqua. The Operations Office is always available and willing to assist through the various stages along the way. 

Process Chart

How To Work Here – What To Do

To be authorized to work on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution:

  1. Know and understand the Architectural and Land Use Regulations (ALU)
  • Request a printed copy ($10) from the Operation Office
  • Access it for free on our website
  • Schedule an appointment with the Administrator
  1. Complete a Contractor Authorization Certificate form and submit to the Operations Office
  • Request a printed copy from the Operation Office
  • Download it from our website
  • Return form in person, by mail or email to the Operations Office
  • Renew every year – by end of Season (August), Operations Office will send out new forms
  1. Activate or purchase new Contractor Vehicle Pass and hang on mirror – ALL YEAR
  • $10 one-time cost
  • Will be de-activated at end of each season
  • Must contact operations office with Pass # to reactivate
  • Applies to all contractors and their employees

In order to complete projects on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution:

  1. Refer to Compliance Process Matrix to determine level of action required
  • See Article 6.3 of the ALU
  1. Submit completed Compliance Certificate Application to Operations Office
  • Can be done by either the Owner or Contractor
  • Schedule an appointment with the Administrator – I will guide you
  • Forms available from the Operations Office
  • Download it from our website
  • Return application and any documents in person, by mail or email to the Operations Office
  1. Review Process
  • Administrator and/or Architectural Review Board
  • Administrator will advise throughout and notify when approval complete
  • Operations Office will fax completed Certificate to Town of Chautauqua when relevant for a Building Permit
  1. Pick up, submit payment for and post the Compliance Certificate
  • Fees per the schedule
  • Violations and additional Fees if Certificate not posted
  • Work not to start until Certificate is approved and posted (unless written permission is granted from the Administrator) 

 

2013 ALU Revisions

REVISED ARCHITECTURAL AND LAND USE REGULATIONS

At its annual end-of-season meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees approved revisions to its Architectural and Land Use (ALU) Regulations, which will go into effect on Dec. 1, 2013.

The revised regulations include several important changes aimed at benefitting property owners and the larger Chautauqua community going forward:

  • The new regulations are geared toward preserving existing structures through restoration or renovation and discourage demolition. The process for renovation approval has been streamlined and simplified.
  • The new regulations have been designed to be clear, straight-forward and quantifiable. Definitions and requirements are more comprehensive, and quantitative measures have been defined for setbacks, height limits, percentage of green space and building size, to name a few. This information will help ensure consistent results.
  • The new regulations create 5 distinct districts (formerly 18) based on the character of buildings, lot layout patterns, building heights, setbacks, appearances and uses. We feel that the impact of this change on current property owners will be minimal since it’s reflective of existing conditions, allows for more uniform rules and regulations, and grandfather provisions will be made for prior compliant situations that are not compliant with new regulations.
  • The new regulations require that each project recognizes either the existing architectural style of a building or utilizes an academically identifiable architectural style for new construction.
  • Within each of the 5 districts a box or envelope has been created that follows the pattern in that district. Projects that work within that box or envelope will be reviewed by the Institution’s Architectural and Land Use Administrator even when a substantial rehabilitation project is proposed. Currently all substantial rehabilitation projects are reviewed by the Architectural Review Board.