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

Introduction

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

Appendices

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

Oberlin Village was designated a General Historic Overlay District (HOD-G) on February 6, 2018.  READ MORE

 

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

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