Greensboro's Historic Districts
three historic districts, Charles B. Aycock,
Fisher Park, and
College Hill, are governed by a part of Greensboro's
zoning ordinance that limits the kinds of exterior work and landscaping
may be done to buildings and yards in the districts.
The aim of the ordinance is to preserve the historical character
of the neighborhoods and to prevent historic structures from being
destroyed or remodeled out of all recognition.
ordinances do not in any way restrict interior renovation or remodeling.
Historic District Guidelines
that outlines what kinds of exterior work are permitted in the historic
districts is the City's Historic District
Program Manual and Design Guidelines.
can download a copy of the Guidelines by clicking the following
District Design Guidelines (Adobe PDF format)
If you are new in the neighborhood, are thinking about moving here,
or are considering undertaking new construction or renovation in
the district, it is very important that you read the Guidelines.
little time spent at the beginning of a project in looking over
the Guidelines will likely save you a great deal of time
and expense if it later turns out that your work falls outside the
scope of the Guidelines and you have to re-do it. Don't put yourself,
the neighborhood, and the City in that position!
the Guidelines that are relevant to your project.
your project. You can get free advice about from Mike Cowhig
or Stefan-leih Geary, who administer the Historic District program.
You can reach them at (336) 373.2349. You will find that they
are very knowledgeable and willing to help.
an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA)
to the Historic Preservation Commission. You can get an application
from Housing and Community Development (tel. 336.373.2349), or
download one by clicking
There is no application fee. The Historic Preservation Commission
reviews all applications on the last Wednesday of every month,
and your application must be submitted two weeks before that meeting.
Your application should be clear and detailed enough so that the
Commission understands exactly what your project involves. If
Commission members cannot figure out what you are trying to do, your project may
to the Aycock neighborhood board meeting. The Aycock Board
of Directors looks at all applications for COAs and makes recommendations
about them to the Historic Preservation Commission. The board
is there to help you through the process, and if you are at the
meeting to answer questions and get advice, things generally go
to the Historic Preservation Commission meeting. Usually the
commissioners will do everything they can, within the
Guidelines, to help your project get off the ground. But if
you're not there to explain your project, your application may
get continued until the next meeting if there are significant
questions about it
Routine Work and Staff Approval
routine projects do not require that your application go before
the Historic Preservation Commission. For such work, COAs can be
issued by staff and usually arrive within a few days of receipt
of your application. Even for routine projects you must send in an application.
If you think your project falls into the staff-only approval
Mike Cowhig at (336) 373.2349.
Happens If You Don't Get a COA
zoning enforcement officers will probably order you to stop work
until a COA is issued. Fines or penalties can be levied for failure