Historic Preservation

Durham has been proactively dedicated to the protection and preservation of its historic resources since the 1970s by inventorying historically significant structures in the City and County, designating local historic districts and landmarks, establishing and supporting the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and nominating properties and districts for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Durham, as stated in the Durham Comprehensive Plan, is committed to identification, protection and promotion of historic resources as an integral component of quality growth in this jurisdiction.

Is My Property Designated as a Local Historic Property?
Local historic designations include both historic district properties (neighborhoods or groups of properties) and historic landmark properties (individual properties with a high level of historical significance). The designations are mapped on the City’s GoMaps application. Get instructions on how to determine whether a specific property is designation.

What if My Property is Designated as a Local Historic Property?
If the property in question is designated as a local historic property that means that any time you would like to make modifications to the property (structure and site included) you will need to follow the steps for obtaining a certificate of appropriateness (COA) prior to pulling necessary permits and beginning work.