A Certificate of Appropriateness is a document issued by the Historic Preservation Commission, indicating the Commission's approval of proposed exterior alterations, new construction or demolition. Exterior portions of any building which is located in a historic district or which is a locally designated individual historic property cannot be materially altered, restored, moved or demolished unless a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued. Some landscaping or archaeological projects also require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
The Planning Department should be consulted before any exterior work (including tree removal) is begun to determine if a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed. Normal maintenance such as replacing broken window panes or pruning shrubbery will generally not require approval, but it is a good idea to make sure before the work is started.
If you would like to obtain a Major or Minor Work Application for Certificate of Appropriateness, please call the City Planning Division at (336) 222-5110. Downloadable versions are also available for you to print on your home computer. To view and print PDF files, your Internet browser must be equipped with Adobe Systems' Acrobat Reader™.