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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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January 10


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Historic Landmarks

The purpose of Raleigh Historic Landmark designation is to recognize and preserve the character of the city's historic resources. The Raleigh Historic Development Commission (RHDC) may propose the addition of a property to the roll of officially designated Raleigh Historic Landmarks, whether generated by property owners, residents interested in preservation, or the city itself. During this process the commission reviews the nomination for historical and/or architectural significance prior to presentation to the City Council for potential designation.

Such designation carries with it a 50% Wake County property tax deferral and the right for RHDC to review exterior changes as described by local ordinance and RHDC Design Guidelines. RHDC staff is available to assist owners in the designation of their property as a Raleigh Historic Landmark as well as in planning changes to a designated property. They can also help with problems unique to historic structures such as deterioration from moisture infiltration, finding hard-to-locate materials, and providing information on building technologies and techniques no longer used.

Procedures and guidelines for landmark designation are established in the Raleigh City Code Section 10-1053. It is recommended that the report accompanying the designation application be prepared by an architectural historian.  See also this info sheet.

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.