How do I know if a property needs a COA?

Before making any changes to a property in a local historic district or that is a local historic landmark, a COA is required even if no other permit is required. Local historic districts and local landmarks can be found using the City’s DurhamMaps program. A property that is only listed on the National Register but not designated as a local historic landmark or in a local historic district does not need a COA. If you are uncertain, please contact the Planning Department at [email protected].

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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?