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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:
December 7


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Design Guidelines

The Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks 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 overlay 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 promote.

Design Guidelines for Raleigh Historic Districts and Landmarks 

What needs a COA? Check out the COA List of Work


Design Guidelines by Section

Table of Contents and Forward


Section 1: Site and Setting

Section 2: Changes to the Building Exterior

Section 3: Additions and New Construction

Section 4: Relocation or Demolition

Special Character Essays


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.