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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:
February 8


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Certificates of Appropriateness

Local historic district designation strives to retain the spirit and character of Raleigh, and the RHDC is available to assist in the planning and implementation of appropriate changes to Raleigh Historic Landmarks and local historic district properties. In the early planning stages of a project, property stewards are encouraged to call RHDC staff with questions or concerns regarding the design guidelines or review process. Staff is available to provide creative solutions, technical assistance (for example a solution to persistently peeling paint), and on-site consultations if appropriate. In addition, the RHDC has a preservation resource library available for consultation. For assistance, contact RHDC staff.

Minor Work applications have No Deadline.

Next MeetingThursday, January 28, 4:00 p.m. (agenda, when available)

Location:  Room 201 of the Municipal Building 

Next COA Major Work application deadlineThursday, February 8 for the March 22 meeting. 2018 deadline dates are here!

Design Review Advisory Committee (DRAC): Applications for large additions and new construction are required to be referred to DRAC. To avoid a potential delay, applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a DRAC meeting for a pre-application review.  Deadlines and meeting dates are here.

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On October 3, Raleigh City Council adopted ordinances for 4 new Raleigh Historic Landmarks. READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

Oberlin Village is being considered as a General Historic Overlay District (HOD-G).  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.