Local Historic Preservation Commissions in North Carolina

Local historic preservation commissions are the most effective means for promoting sustained historic preservation initiatives in our towns and counties. In North Carolina, the creation of such commissions is a local option authorized and governed by G.S. 160A-400.1-400.14, which enables local governing boards to establish commissions to study and recommend designation of local historic districts and landmarks. Commissions are appointed by the local governing board and operate in strict adherence to procedures and standards required by the enabling legislation.

For more information, contact Contact Ramona Bartos, Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and Interim Preservation Commissions/CLG Coordinator, ramona.bartos@ncdcr.gov 919-807-6583, or Michele Patterson-McCabe, 919-807-6582.

Handbook for Historic Preservation Commissions in North Carolina is now available online in PDF format. Download a free copy of the Adobe Reader

Over 100 local historic preservation commissions are active across North Carolina. Click on a map pin below to see contact information for the commission. Certified Local Government commissions have green pins.


View North Carolina Historic Preservation Commissions in a larger map

Static state map (jpeg) showing participating municipal governments in joint commissions with counties.

North Carolina Historic Preservation Commission Roster. (PDF) With staff contact persons, including e-mail links where available.

Model Preservation Ordinance establishing a Historic Preservation Commission.

Local Historic Property Designations in North Carolina: Historic Districts and Landmarks and the Historic Preservation Commission. This is a summary description of the state's local preservation commission program.

Local Landmark Reports . An overview of local landmark reports with guidelines for their preparation.
Sample Model Designation Reports

Statewide Significance. In 1989 the state enabling legislation was amended to authorize local commissions to permanently deny a certificate of appropriateness for the demolition of a building, site, or structure that is deemed by the State Historic Preservation Officer to be of statewide significance. Click here for more information.

A Letter to George:  How to Keep the Preservation Commission Out of Court and Avoid Being Sued (PDF), by Robert E. Stipe. Bob Stipe's 1994 paper on understanding the responsibilities of a preservation commission and avoiding pitfalls in the work of a commission.

Links to websites maintained by local preservation commissions and other local preservation organizations.

A Comparison of the National Register of Historic Places with Local Landmark and District Designations. The two programs are often confused!

The Certified Local Government Program in North Carolina. Explains the requirements for becoming a Certified Local Government and the program's benefits.

Local Government Annual Reporting Supplemental Forms (New Commissioner Resume, Resource Added, Resource Lost)

Link to the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions

This page last updated 04/22/2016


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