Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)


  • 8:30 a.m.
  • 1st Tuesday of the Month
  • City Hall
    101 City Hall Plaza
    Committee Room, 2nd Floor
    Durham, NC 27701

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule

January 7, 2020
February 4, 2020
March 3, 2020
April 7, 2020
May 5, 2020
June 2, 2020
July 7, 2020
August 4, 2020
September 1, 2020
October 6, 2020
November 10, 2020
December 1, 2020
January 2, 2021


The commission consists of 9 members, 4 of which are appointed by the City Council, 4 by the Board of County Commissioners, and 1 by the mayor. Members serve without compensation and must live within the jurisdiction that appoints them. City and County taxes must not reflect any delinquency at the time of submission of the application.


The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) holds quasi-judicial hearings to determine whether requested changes to the exterior of locally-designated historic district or landmark properties are appropriate by state law, local ordinance, and historic preservation plans for the districts. The HPC reviews all major, minor, or master certificates of appropriateness.

Applications and Submittals

Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) applications (all types) can be submitted at any time and will be batched weekly on Monday. The case planner will review applications that are sufficient for processing and send applicants comments within one week of the batch date. The application is not considered complete until all comments are addressed by the applicant and any needed revisions are submitted to the case planner.

Once the application is deemed complete, the case will be scheduled for the first available hearing. If an applicant requests to present their application to the Historic Preservation Commission for review prior to resolving outstanding comments, the applicant shall make that request in writing and acknowledge there are outstanding issues with their application that could result in a continuance or denial.

You must have an appointment to submit an application for Major COAs. For further information or to schedule an appointment contact us at Preservation@DurhamNC.gov or 919-560-4137 and ask to speak to our Historic Preservation Staff