The Washington County Historic District Commission wants future demolition permit applicants to be penalized, if legally possible, for giving the county misleading or false information.
The request will be included in a letter the board is sending to the Washington County Commissioners in the wake of the March 2 demolition of a historic building.
A 1770s-era log house at 19933 Mount Aetna Road was leveled by developers after the county issued a verbal permit without doing a computer check to find out if it was historically significant.
Personnel at the Washington County Permits and Inspections Department thought they were giving contractor Wes Churchey permission to demolish a small addition to a stone house at 19933 Mount Aetna Road. Churchey thought he was given verbal permission to demolish the entire house.