The mission of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh’s historic resources.
The Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts are intended to meet several essential needs. They serve different roles for different stakeholders in the historic districts. For property owners, residents, and contractors, they provide primary guidance in planning projects sympathetic to the special character of each of Raleigh's historic districts. More specifically, the Guidelines provide direction to applicants seeking a Certificate of Appropriateness. For commission members and staff, they offer a basis for evaluating proposed changes. In the process, they serve as a valuable tool in the commission's efforts to preserve, protect and educate.
What needs a COA? Check out the COA List of Work!
1.1 Raleigh Historic Districts
1.2 Raleigh Historic Districts Commission
1.3 The Design Review Process
1.4 The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation
1.5 Certificate of Appropriateness Flow Chart
2.0 Site and Setting
2.1 Public Rights-of-Way and Alleys
2.3 Site Features and Plantings
2.4 Fences and Walls
2.5 Walkways, Driveways, and Offstreet Parking
2.6 Garages and Accessory Structures
3.6 Exterior Walls
3.7 Windows and Doors
3.8 Entrances, Porches, and Balconies
3.10 Utilities and Energy Retrofit
3.11 Accessibility, Health, and Safety Considerations
4.0 Additions and New Construction
4.2 Additions to Historic Buildings
4.3 New Construction
5.0 Relocation or Demolition
6.1 Resources for Technical Information
6.2 Architectural Terms
6.3 Special Character - Essays and Maps of Raleigh Historic Districts
Complete Design Guidelines (9MB file)
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)
Starting in April 2016, COA meetings will be held on the 4th Thursday of the month, except as noted. The updated calendar is availble on the City's website here.
At the January 19, 2016 meeting the RHDC approved the draft of the Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts. The approved draft is being formatted prior to forwarding to City Council for adoption.