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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 13

Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Chavis Park National Register Study List Application

In support of the City's Master Park Plan Update for Chavis Park, the commission has sponsored a study list application for Chavis Park to be designated a Traditional Cultural Property in the National Register of Historic Places. The State's National Register Advisory Committee will review the application June 12. 

Design Guidelines and New Construction

In August 2014 the commission will hold a Community Conversation to discuss the Design Guidelines and new construction. Originally planned for May, the discussion will take place in August due to facilitator availablility...READ MORE

Streetside Historic Overlay District (HOD) Meeting

The commission was invited to present information on the City's new Streetside HOD on February 25. SLIDESHOW

 Historic Preservation Economic Impact Analysis

Industry expert Place Economics is conducting an economic impact analysis of historic preservation in Raleigh. Funded in part by the Raleigh Historic Development Commission and in part by a Historic Preservation Fund grant, RHDC will be administering the project. Please stay tuned for more information!

Plummer T. Hall House Update

The Plummer T. Hall House, a Raleigh Historic Landmark (RHL) located at 814 Oberlin Road, is for sale! The City has contracted with the nonprofit historic preservation organization Preservation North Carolina to coordinate its sale.

As a RHL, any changes to the exterior of the property are subject to review by RHDC's Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Committee. More information on this process and the landmarks program may be found throughout this website (www.rhdc.org). Additionally, please note that Capital Area Preservation holds historic preservation easements on the property.

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On March 18 RHDC voted to forward two historic landmark applications for The Mecca and St. Matthews School to Raleigh City Council to begin the process of designating them as Raleigh Historic Landmarks....READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

This winter the City will install new street signage... READ MORE 

Recent concern over new construction in a Raleigh historic overlay district (HOD)... READ MORE 



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Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)

The City's new UDO took effect September 1. With that comes a few process changes for Major Work COA Applications and an updated application form. Check out the COA process page on the City's website for more information. New! Approved Minor Work applications available on City web portal here.


After a year-long public effort of updating the Design Guidelines, the draft document is in the hands of the City Attorney prior to going to the RHDC and City Council for formal adoption.