A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be obtained prior to work commencing on the exterior of a resource within a local historic district. A COA is a document issued by the Historic District Commission (HDC), that indicates the Commission has approved of the proposed work on a resource or property within a local historic district. Work includes any exterior alterations, restoration, new construction, moving or demolition. Landscaping and other site work may require a Certificate of Appropriateness.
HDC staff should be consulted before any exterior work (including tree removal and site work) is begun to determine if a Certificate of Appropriateness is needed. Normal repair and maintenance such as re-roofing with in-kind materials or planting flowers generally does not require approval, please contact HDC staff prior to starting any exterior work to confirm.
The City of Charlotte HDC requires electronic applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA). Applications are processed via Accela to streamline plan submission, review, tracking and approval. Project updates and review comments are communicated via email. At the conclusion of the review, an electronic Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued which will remain part of the electronic record. Only complete applications will be passed through Accela. Incomplete applications will no longer be accepted to hold a space on the HDC meeting agenda. Incomplete applications will receive an email stating what is needed in order for the application to be considered complete.
Please contact HDC staff with questions or guidance on proposed projects via email, telephone, or on a walk-in basis.
Applicants with major projects that are being considered for the first time by the commission can request a pre-submittal meeting in order to discuss the project and get feedback in order to streamline the application process. Please submit a pre-submittal meeting request HDC Pre-Submittal Meeting Request. We are interested in your feedback on the pre-submittal process, please contact staff at the information below to provide feedback.
Every application for a Certificate of Appropriateness must include one of the following signature & checklist forms:
For guidance on the electronic application process:
For full commission presentation examples, please see the following:
Need a final inspection of work completed for a HDC COA application? Please submit the requestHDC Final Inspection Request Form.