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 September 14


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Preservation Services

The City of Raleigh aspires to safeguard its heritage by preserving, and designating, any property or district containing significant elements of its culture or history for the enrichment of its residents and visitors. The city therefore created the Raleigh Historic Development Commission to review proposed changes to historic district properties and landmarks through a public design review process according to RHDC's Design Guidelines. Through the design review process, Certificates of Appropriateness (COAs) are issued to property owners and stewards, thereby maintaining the existing character of Raleigh's historic districts and landmarks.

Raleigh Historic Landmarks (RHLs)

On September 5, Raleigh City Council held a joint public hearing with RHDC regarding 4 proposed new 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)

Deadline dates for the 2017 COA meetings have changed!  The revised schedule and deadlines document has been posted here.