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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City of Raleigh Preservation-related Services

  • Housing & Neighborhoods Department -- Historic neighborhoods may be eligible for additional federal assistance. Through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, the City of Raleigh provides financial assistance to low and moderate income households through its Homeowner Rehabilitation Pilot Program.
  • Facade Grant Programs  -- The City operates facade grant programs which are available to eligible property and business owners located in older commercial areas of Raleigh.
  • Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (Zoning Code) -- The City of Raleigh's Zoning Ordinance provides for a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District that preserves the character of neighborhoods. Contact the Planning Department for more information.
  • Neighborhood Improvement Funds -- The City of Raleigh offers a neighborhood improvement grant program that contributes to fostering and strengthening a neighborhood's sense of community. Available to neighborhood associations located in low to moderate income census tract areas.
  • Landmark signs, such as the original Krispy Kreme sign in downtown Raleigh, are established under City Code Section 7.3.13.F. ​ and administered by the city's Inspections Department.

Technical Information Resources

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.