Our Mission

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 November 7


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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 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.