Columbia Borough, PA

308 Locust Street,
Columbia, PA 17512
Phone: 717.684.2467


Historic Architecture Review Board (HARB)


The Columbia Borough Historic Architectural Review Board is an advisory board that makes recommendations, based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards, to Borough Council for the approval on any exterior changes concerning the erection, reconstruction, alteration, restoration of  all or any part of a building or structure located within the boundaries of the Historic District and visible from a public right of way. HARB is authorized by PA State law to advise Borough Council, Planning Commission, Zoning Hearing Board and other agencies concerned with preservation of historic sites, structures and buildings. HARB meets to review and discuss applications and advise owners of historic buildings and structured regarding rehabilitation, repairs, maintenance, adaptive uses and economic and tax incentives and other historic preservation strategies. The board is composed of no less than five members and is to include one architect, one licensed real estate broker, and one building inspector. 
For more information on HARB, see Chapter 130, Article IV of the Columbia Borough Code which can be found HERE
Paul Paulsen, Building Inspector
If you are interested in volunteering on the HARB, please call the Borough office for requirements and more information.  The following positions are open:
Licensed Real Estate Broker
*Historic District Map here. 

*HARB Application here. Application and material submission deadline is the first Thursday of each month.