Raleigh Historic Development Commission

Serves as the City Council's official historic preservation advisory body to identify, preserve, protect, and promote Raleigh's historic resources. The RHDC consists of twelve members, appointed by City Council to overlapping two-year terms. Members have a demonstrated interest or training in fields related to historic preservation and reside within the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction (at least one-quarter must live or own property in designated historic overlay districts or historic landmarks).

Predecessor organization established by Mayor Dec. 18, 1961; historic districts commission established by Ordinance No. (1973) 484, Revised by Ordinance (1992) 66 TC 399 - 12 Members.





Raleigh Historic Development Commission Members

If you would like to be considered for service on the Raleigh Historic Development Commission, please complete the online interest form.

RHDC Business Meeting

Current Agenda - July 26, 2022

Meeting Date
A public meeting of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at 7:45 a.m.

Urban Design Center
Suite 100
One Exchange Plaza
Raleigh, NC 27601

The Commission typically meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:45 a.m. Meeting agendas are added to the BoardDocs agenda management portal. To watch past meetings, visit our video services page.

Meeting dates and deadlines

Meeting Minutes
Recent Business Minutes

City Staff Liaison
Tania Tully
Planning and Development

Public Participation

Commission and committee meetings are open to the public. Note that meetings can be subject to change, following public notice of at least 48 hours.

Some meeting dates may differ from the following times due to holidays; check with commission staff to verify a particular meeting time and place if you are planning to attend.

Powers and Duties

The commission's significant powers and duties include:

  1. Inventory historically-significant properties
  2. Make recommendations to City Council regarding the designation of historic landmarks or districts, changes to ordinances affecting historic preservation, ways in which community preservation efforts may be coordinated and strengthened, acquisition of properties by the city, and revisions to the historic preservation element of the City's Comprehensive Plan
  3. Review and act on proposals for exterior changes to historic landmarks and properties in historic districts
  4. Issue Certificates of Appropriateness
  5. Restore, preserve, operate, or own historic properties
  6. Conduct educational programs
  7. Provide design review assistance on minor work proposals (staff) and on major exterior changes (Design Review Advisory Committee)
  8. Publish books and periodicals relative to the City's historic preservation program such as:
  • "A Primer for Property Owners & Residents of Raleigh Historic Districts"
  • "Culture Town: Life in Raleigh's African American Communities"
  • "Early Raleigh Neighborhoods: Boylan Heights, Cameron Park, Downtown, Glenwood"

Certificate of Appropriateness Committee

Current Agenda - July 28, 2022

Meeting Date
A public meeting of the Certificate of Appropriateness Committee is scheduled for Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

Council Chamber
2nd Floor
222 West Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

The committee typically meets on the fourth Thursday of the month (check for holidays) at 5:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are added to the BoardDocs agenda management portal. To watch past meetings, visit our video services page.

Filing Calendar
Meeting dates and deadlines

How to Participate in an Evidentiary Hearing at the Meeting

All individuals (including but not limited to all applicants, property owners, witnesses, neighbors, and attorneys) with competent and material evidence relevant to a case may participate in the evidentiary hearing.  No sign-up is required.  Presentations must be emailed to the Historic Preservation Team by Tuesday, July 26. Ten copies are required for any documents, exhibits, or any other materials brought to the meeting.

Meeting Minutes
Recent COA Committee Minutes 

Review of "major work" to any exterior change within a Raleigh Historic Overlay District or to a Raleigh Historic Landmark. All Certificate of Appropriateness applications must be submitted electronically through the Permit and Development Portal. COA Application process information is available on the Certificate of Appropriateness process page.

COA Committee Cases


Executive Committee
The Executive Committee generally meets on the Wednesday preceding the third Tuesday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building. 

Research Committee
The Research Committee meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:45 a.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building. 

Community Awareness Committee
The Community Awareness Committee meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m. in the Urban Design Center, Suite 100 of the One Exchange Plaza building.

Staff Liaisons

Tania Tully: tania.tully@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2674
Collette Kinane: collette.kinane@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2649 (COA related questions)
Erin Morton: erin.morton@raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2632 (COA related questions)

*Select each member's name below for address information. 

Member Directory

  1. Katie Pate
    Secretary/Treasurer, serving: 2nd Term, 6/23

Archived Minutes

Both meetings have been moved to BoardDocs. View agendas and minutes from March 2019 for the Business Meeting and May 2020 for the COA Committee there. 

ZIP file downloads (items older than January 2020):

RHDC Business Minutes

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Certificate of Appropriateness Minutes

2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012

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