Who reviews COA applications?

For some applications, staff review of the COA is permitted. These Minor COA applications are reviewed and approved by Planning Department staff. Minor COA applications cannot be denied by Planning staff, so occasionally a Minor COA will be forwarded to the Historic Preservation Commission for review as a Major COA. The remainder of COA applications are reviewed and acted upon by the Historic Preservation Commission as Major COAs. Applications must be acted upon within 180 days of their being submitted and deemed complete. Detailed information regarding the level of review required for a particular scope of work can be found on the Development Services Center page at https://dsc.durhamnc.gov/174.

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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?