Certificate of Appropriateness
It is unlawful to begin construction, moving, demolition, alteration or restoration of any structure or site within the Historic District before a Certificate of Appropriateness has been issued by the Planning Department and Historic District Commission.
The Hillsborough Historic District Design Guidelines were developed to guide the commission in reviewing applications for:
- Changes to existing buildings
- New construction and additions
- Changes to historic district setting
The guidelines also provide information on exempt and minor works, as well as other architectural and historic resources. Applicants should consult the design guidelines before applying for a Certificate of Appropriateness.
The deadline for submitting applications is noon Wednesday, two weeks prior to a Historic District Commission meeting. For meeting dates, times and locations, see the town calendar. Submitting a complete application by the deadline will not guarantee placement on the next agenda, however.
To schedule a pre-application meeting or submit an application, contact Historic District Commission support staff.
Below are some examples of completed application packets. These examples are intended to provide guidance as to the types of information the commission is looking for in a completed application. However, each application may have its own requirements based on the diversity and intensity of changes being proposed. The examples below are not all-inclusive and are intended only to serve as a guide for those completing the application.
101 E. Orange St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
Economic Development Planner
Assistant Town Manager/Planning Director
Senior Administrative Support Specialist