Chapter 169-5 of the city code requires that a certificate of appropriateness be obtained before installing a satellite dish in a historic district. The idea is that the satellite dish be positioned someplace where it cannot be seen from the street. If not the least known part of the historic preservation law, this is certainly the most widely ignored. In recent days, 534 Warren Street—smack-dab in the middle of the locally designated Warren Street Historic District—sprouted three new satellite dishes on the roof, fully visible above the cornice, to go along with the one already on the facade of the building.
If it is impossible to make the owners of buildings in historic districts aware that, if they want to install a satellite dish, they need a certificate of appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission, perhaps the City should inform the satellite TV providers—Dish and DirectTV—of the law.
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