Historic Preservation & Design Review Board

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 2023 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 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

Application Materials

HP&DRB Application (All HP-DRB and MSC forms included at this link. Please submit the pages applicable to your project.)
2023 Meeting Dates
Lakeside Association Rules & Regulations
Danbury Township Zoning Applications & Information
Ottawa County Building Application

Additional Information

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

The Gaede Serne Report, released in 1993, is a historical document that outlined the formation of the HP&DRB.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. View the report here >  

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

Qualified Window Restoration Professionals

The National Trust’s Saving Windows, Saving Money

National Park Service recommendations for open front porches in a historic district

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. Click here to view. 

National Register Contributor map.


Check back for HP-DRB Announcements.

Should you have any comments regarding demolition requests please respond to A copy of the demolition request and an elevation drawing of the proposed renovation will be posted prominently in a front window of the cottage.


Dale Knobel
Board Chair