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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Next COA Major Work Deadline:
January 10


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Community Awareness

RHDC seeks to raise Raleigh's community awareness of its rich historic resources. In 2008 RHDC began Community Conversations, a lecture and workshop series on historic preservation issues. Leading experts on historic preservation, economics, and historic districts are visiting Raleigh to share their knowledge in the context of Raleigh's historic landscape.


RaleighHistoric is RHDC's mobile application featuring Raleigh's built heritage and landscapes. Supported by Curatescape, the app curates the landscape through the use of geo-located historical text and images. Users can see what historic resources are located nearby, take self-guided themed tours, or browse a map of pinpointed locations all from their smartphones. Curatescape is compatible with iOS and Android devices and includes a companion website that is available from any web browser, via smartphone or home computer.

Community Conversations Series

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.