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. Audio recordings of the meetings are posted with the agenda after the meeting.

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Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule

December 5, 2023 - No Public Hearing

January 9, 2024*

February 6, 2024

March 5, 2024 

April 2, 2024 

May 7, 2024 

June 4, 2024 

July 2, 2024 

August 6, 2024 

September 10, 2024

October 1, 2024

November 12, 2024 

December 3, 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

You must have an appointment to submit an application for a Major Works Certificate of Appropriateness (Major COA). All types of COA applications can be submitted at any time and will be batched weekly on Mondays. 

  • Applicants will be notified if the application is missing any required information or fees and thus not sufficient for processing. 
  • If the application is found sufficient for processing, the case planner will review the application and send comments to the applicant within 1 week (5 workdays) of the batch date for Minor COAs or within 2 weeks (10 workdays) for Major and Master COAs. 
  • 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 a Major or Master COA 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 that there are outstanding issues with their application that could result in a continuance or denial.

The HPC rules of procedure say that the Planning Director or designee may approve or amend COAs for the following activities, called Minor Works COAs (Minor COAs), or may refer them to the HPC for a decision: 

  1. Activities expressly authorized by the HPC. 
  2. Minor design changes to projects for which a COA has been issued by the HPC. 
  3. Anything not specifically covered by Sec. 3.17, Certificates of Appropriateness, of the Unified Development Ordinance that the Planning Director or designee determines is not so significant as to impair or affect historic, architectural, or aesthetic character.

Minor COAs that have been approved by staff are batched in a report to the next HPC meeting for their information. 

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.