Our Mission

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

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• Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)


• Design Review and Guidelines


Next COA Major Work Deadline:
4:00 pm on September 14


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About RHDC

In 1961 City Council established the City's first historic preservation committee. The Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) is the successor organization to that committee. Over the years, many citizens in service have collaborated with the City to preserve Raleigh's history and character by:

  • Contributing to statewide and national historic preservation policy [A-S-P Associates v. City of Raleigh, 298 N.C. 207, 258 S.E.2d 444 (1979)]
  • Developing and adopting historic preservation ordinances
  • Generating the historic preservation element of the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • Designating local and National Register historic districts
  • Publishing Design Guidelines for exterior changes to locally-designated properties
  • Founding the Raleigh Historic Landmarks program
  • Adding the City of Raleigh as a destination in the National Register of Historic Places' Travel Itinerary Clink will open up a new window
  • Developing relationships with historic communities and entities throughout the city, county, and state
  • Educating the public through preservation publications and lecture series
  • Providing technical assistance to historic district and landmark property owners and stewards
  • Providing public support of external historic preservation efforts throughout the city 

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On September 5, Raleigh City Council held a joint public hearing with RHDC regarding 4 proposed new 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.