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 2022 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 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
2022 Meeting Dates
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The Gaede Serne Report, released in 1993 is an historical document that outlined the formation of the HP&DRB.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.

Please take advantage of these useful resources when considering window and porch projects:

-Qualified Window Restoration Professionals: https://www.heritageohio.org/resources/preservation-knowledge-base/community-resources/windows/

-The National Trust’s Saving Windows, Saving Money: https://living-future.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Saving_Windows_Saving_Money.pdf

-National Park Service recommendations for open front porches in a historic district: https://www.nps.gov/tps/how-to-preserve/briefs/45-wooden-porches.htm

The National Register of Historic Places application contains the original 1983 cottage inventory survey and filing that resulted in the Historic District designation for the boundaries as defined in the application for the Lakeside Association.

National Register of Historic Places Part I

National Register of Historic Places Part II

Click to view the National Register Contributor map.


A demolition request has been submitted to the HP-DRB to remove a garage structure at 531 Cedar. The owner intends to build a cottage in its place after plans are approved by HP-DRB. Per Title 3 of the Lakeside Association rules 3-15 (7) and 3-18 (D) (2) when more than 50% of the roof is removed as per plan view a demolition application and associated process is required. Should you have any comments regarding this demolition request please respond to designreview@lakesideohio.com. A copy of the demolition request should be posted prominently in a front window of the garage, in this case, no replacement plans are necessary at this time.


Dale Knobel
Board Chair