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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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Demolition by Neglect

Alternatives to Demolition by Neglect

Raleigh Historic Districts Commission (RHDC) and the City of Raleigh Inspections Department  work together to preserve the city's history and public welfare. 

The city's Inspections Department implements specific Demolition by Neglect Procedures to evaluate deteriorating designated historic resources. Applicable standards for the determination of demolition by neglect are outlined in Raleigh City Code §10-6180. Procedures for such determination include a public hearing, which provides the owners and/or parties in interest the opportunity to petition the RHDC for a claim of undue economic hardship. In addition, the Inspections Department may issue an order to repair the property within a specified time, if such an order is warranted.

The City of Raleigh is committed to preserving its historic character while improving the living conditions for its citizens. The RHDC and the city's Inspections Department work in collaboration with property owners and/or parties in interest to simultaneously preserve historically-contributing properties and the safety of the public.

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Neighborhood Watch

A deteriorating house is noticed first by its neighbors. Members of the community may be proactive in neighborhood preservation through their community associations. The City has specific procedures for citizens who want to prevent demolition by neglect.

Saved Through Demolition by Neglect Procedures

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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.