Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)


  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of the Month
  • City Hall
    101 City Hall Plaza
    Committee Room, 2nd Floor
    Durham, NC 27701

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule

 January 10, 2023*
 February 7, 2023
 March 7, 2023
 April 4, 2023
 May 2, 2023
 June 6, 2023
 July 11, 2023*
 August 1, 2023
 September 12, 2023*
 October 3, 2023
 November 14, 2023**
 December 5, 2023
 January 9, 2024*

*rescheduled due to holiday

**rescheduled from regular meeting


The Commission consists of 9 members, 4 of which are appointed by the City Council, 4 by the Board of County Commissioners, and 1 by the Mayor. Members serve without compensation and must live within the jurisdiction that appoints them. City and County taxes must not reflect any delinquency at the time of submission of the application.
Historic Preservation Commission Roster (PDF)


The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) holds quasi-judicial hearings to determine whether requested changes to the exterior of locally-designated historic district or landmark properties are appropriate by state law, local ordinance, and historic preservation plans for the districts. The HPC reviews all major, minor, or master certificates of appropriateness.

Applications and Submittals

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications (all types) can be submitted at any time and will be batched weekly on Monday. The case planner will review applications that are sufficient for processing and send applicants comments within one week of the batch date. The application is not considered complete until all comments are addressed by the applicant and any needed revisions are submitted to the case planner.

Once the application is deemed complete, the case will be scheduled for the first available hearing. If an applicant requests to present their application to the Historic Preservation Commission for review prior to resolving outstanding comments, the applicant must make that request in writing and acknowledge there are outstanding issues with their application that could result in a continuance or denial.

You must have an appointment to submit an application for a Major COA. For further information or to schedule an appointment contact us at P[email protected] or 919-560-4137 and ask to speak to our Historic Preservation Staff.