How is a local historic district designated?

A local historic district is applied through the same procedure used to change the zoning of a parcel or parcels. Prior to the district’s adoption by the governing body, an investigation and report (Preservation Plan) must be developed, describing the boundaries of the district as well as the significance of structures, features, and sites within. After a district is established, a certificate of appropriateness (COA) is required before any exterior changes to the property may be made. Local historic districts can be located using the City’s iMaps mapping program. Regulations must be consistent with North Carolina General Statute 160A- 400.4.

Use DurhamMaps to see local historic districts.

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1. What is a local historic district?
2. How is a local historic district designated?
3. What is a local historic landmark?
4. How is a local historic landmark designated?
5. What are the benefits of local historic landmark designation?
6. What is the National Register?
7. What are the benefits and responsibilities of National Register listing?
8. What is a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)?
9. What work requires a COA?
10. How do I know if a property needs a COA?
11. Who reviews COA applications?
12. What about demolition of historic structures?
13. What is demolition by neglect?
14. What are the criteria for establishing a condition of demolition by neglect?
15. What is the process for determining demolition by neglect?
16. What are the outcomes in establishing a condition of demolition by neglect?
17. How do I find the zoning on my property?
18. What is being built on a property near me?