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The mission of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.

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Next COA Major Work Deadline:
4:00 pm on May 10


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Major Work COA Deadlines have Changed

The Department of City Planning is pleased to announce improvements in the review of Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) that require review by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC). 

The application deadline for Major Works has changed to be 30 business days prior to the meeting.  Additionally, staff reports will be prepared in advance of the meeting and distributed with the agenda.

Positive outcomes include:

  • Elimination of major amendments from the applicant presented at the meeting.
  • Allows staff reports to be read by the commission, applicants, and interested parties prior to the meeting.  
  • More efficient meetings – time is spent discussing the case rather than reading staff reports.
  • Time for the applicant to make minor amendments in response to staff comments.
  • Time for major amendments to be made to the application prior to publication of the agenda and receipt by the commission.
  • Fewer deferrals.
  • More defensible commission decisions.
  • A more consistent work flow, thus allowing more time for staff to respond more quickly to Minor Work applications.
  • Increased likelihood of pre-application DRAC meetings.

The revised deadlines and new DRAC dates have been added to the RHDC Meeting Schedule document.


Design Guidelines Update

On Tuesday, March 21 City Council voted 5/3 to adopt the updated Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks as proposed by RHDC.  Because the motion did not achieve a three-fourths majority, a second vote is required.  The item has been deferred to the City Council meeting on May 2.  More information on the process is here.   

Lustron House Fundraiser

Thanks to all who joined RHDC in learning about historic pre-fab steel houses!  Details here.

Plummer T. Hall House Update

The Plummer T. Hall House, a Raleigh Historic Landmark (RHL) located at 814 Oberlin Road, is for sale!

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Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On May 3, Raleigh City Council designated the Anna Riddick House and Horton-Beckham-Bretsch House as Raleigh Historic Landmarks. READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

The Glenwood-Brooklyn National Register District has become the 1st HOD-Streetside.  READ MORE



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Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)

Deadline dates for the 2017 COA meetings have changed!  The revised schedule and deadlines document has been posted here.