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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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Next COA Major Work Deadline:
January 10


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Local Historic District Identifier

Determine If Your Property Is Located In A Local Historic District

Wake County and the City of Raleigh's Online Mapping Service iMAPS  is a quick way to determine if your property is located in a local historic district:


  1. In the right margin select Search by "Address."
  2. Enter your street number in the space provided.
  3. Begin typing your street name in the space provided. It should display possibibilities up as you type. Click on the correct address - the search should automatically begin. If not press "enter" or click the magnifying glass to search.
  4. When you are able to view your property, click on "Show Additional Layers on Map" at the bottom of the right panel.
  5. Scroll down to "Raleigh Overlay Districts" under "Planning." Select "Overlay Districts" and "General Historic Overlay District." Properties within the district will now be covered in a hatched layer. 

The City of Raleigh has additional guidance on using iMaps here.


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.