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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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• Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)


• Design Review and Guidelines


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


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RHDC values research that illuminates aspects of the city's history. To that end, RHDC has a Research Committee that seeks to identify properties with particular historic significance. The Committee nominates properties for designation to the following rosters:


RHDC has published multiple publications:


RHDC has conducted multiple surveys and research projects. Some links in this section open a PDF in a new window. The documents are image intensive and may take a moment to load.

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On the evening of Wednesday, October 7 Raleigh City Council will hold a joint public hearing with RHDC on the the re-designation of the Crabtree Jones House. READ MORE

Historic Overlay Districts (HODs)

Design guidelines dicsussions are underway... READ MORE 



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Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs)

The City's new UDO took effect September 1. With that comes a few process changes for Major Work COA Applications and an updated application form. Check out the COA process page on the City's website for more information. New! Approved Minor Work applications available on City web portal here.


After a year-long public effort of updating the Design Guidelines, the draft document is in the hands of the City Attorney prior to going to the RHDC and City Council for formal adoption.