Homeowners must submit plans to the Historic Preservation & Design Review Board (HP&DRB) for any physical changes to ensure they are in keeping with Lakeside’s heritage and character. Reviews are required for all external changes, including porches, decks, gazebos, windows, roofing, siding, fences, sheds, driveways, ornamentation, major landscaping and removal of all or part of a building. Approval is not required for painting and routine repairs.


The HP&DRB meets one Saturday each month. Application materials (see below) and the 2019 meeting schedule are available to download. Print copies are also available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office. After obtaining a HP&DRB Certificate of Appropriateness, the owner should apply for Danbury Township and Ottawa County permits.

Lakeside regulations for setbacks, lot coverage and other building requirements are contained in the Danbury Township L District zoning regulations. The Zoning Resolution, as well as contact information for the Danbury Zoning Inspector, can be viewed online at www.danburytownship.com. Copies can also be purchased from the Zoning Inspector for a nominal fee.

Allow additional time for construction in case the board or township requests changes. Questions may be directed to designreview@lakesideohio.com.

Application Materials

HP&DRB Application
Lakeside Permit Fee Form (New)
Lakeside Chautauqua Rules & Regulations
Review & Permit for Demolition
Danbury Township Zoning Applications & Information
Ottawa County Building Application
Recent Regulation Changes

Additional Information

The Lakeside Homeowners Guide is a brief guide to living and owning a home in a National Historic District. View the Lakeside Chautauqua Rules & Regulations for more information.

Lakesider newspaper articles offer brief descriptions of Lakeside Chautauqua historic architectural styles and features.

The Gaede Serne Report, released in 1993 is an historical document that outlined the formation of the HP&DRB. It contains an illustrated listing of existing Lakeside Chautauqua architectural types as well as diagrams of relevant construction features.

Special Announcements

There has been a request for a cottage demolition at 908-910 E. Third St., received on 4/1/19, with the retention of the historic stone front porch and columns.

As always, any application for demolition is seriously researched and considered. This demolition request was approved on 5/4/2019. The Historic stone façade is to remain and the new building will more closely resemble the original cottage that became Camp Wesleyan Camp for girls.

We wish to thank Lakeside for all of the comments sent in regarding this application. Please note that we cannot respond to each comment, but each one is read and appreciated.

You may leave comments at designreview@lakesideohio.com. While we have the option to hold a public hearing, there is not one scheduled at this time. If there is the need for a public hearing, the date and time will be posted here. Please check back to this page for further information. Due to the serious effects of demolition in our Historic District, the Historic Preservation & Design Review Board may take up to six months to evaluate demolition requests per Regulation 3-18(D)(4)(c).


Trish Tomlinson
Board Chair