Design Review

The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) reviews projects within local historic districts and local landmarks to ensure that the proposed work is consistent with the applicable design review guidelines. Once a project has been approved, a Certificate of Appropriateness (CA) is issued to the property owner or applicant, which should be posted on site with any other required permits. Please note that a CA is for design review approval only, and does not include approval for building, zoning or other permit types that may be required. If you are considering a project and are unsure of what permit types you will need to obtain, you should contact the Development Services Department: 828-259-5846.


Design Review Guidelines


Design Review Applications

All CA applications should be submitted to the permit center at the Development Services Department located at 161 South Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801.


2018-2019 Development Services Fee Schedule


There are two types of design review applications:


Minor Work

Minor Work projects are reviewed by Planning/Historic Resources staff. Staff will refer Minor Work projects to the HRC if, in staff’s opinion, the project involves changes that are substantial, do not meet the design guidelines, or are of precedent-setting nature. Minor Work applications typically include projects in which the visual character of the structure and/or site is not substantially altered, such as but not limited to signage, fences in rear yards, tree removal, mechanical equipment, roof replacement and minor building repairs. Typically, a CA for Minor Work can be issued within 10 business days, depending on the project type and completeness of the application.


Minor Work Application


Major Work

Major Work projects are reviewed by the HRC at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. In general, Major Work projects involve a change in the appearance of a structure and/or site that is more substantial than routine maintenance or Minor Work projects, such as but not limited to new construction, expansion of a building footprint, or significant changes to a landscape feature. Applicants for Major Work construction projects are strongly encouraged to consult with Planning/Historic Resources staff at the earliest possible stage of the design process.

A pre-application meeting with staff is required prior to submittal of a Major Work application. Submittal of a Major Work application without the required pre-application meeting could result in a delay of review by the HRC.

Contact Planning/Historic Resources staff to schedule a pre-application meeting: 828-259-5638


Major Work Application

Major Work Application Requirements Checklist

Major Work New Construction Worksheet


2019 HRC Meeting Schedule & Pre-application Deadlines


2019 Major Work Applications

Date/agenda Documents
8/14/19 Agenda 8/14/19 Documents
7/10/19 Agenda 7/10/19 Documents
6/28/19 Agenda 6/28/19 Documents
6/12/19 Agenda 6/12/19 Documents
5/8/19 Agenda 5/8/19 Documents
4/10/19 Agenda 4/10/19 Documents
3/13/19 Agenda 3/13/19 Documents
2/13/19 Agenda 2/13/19 Documents
1/9/19 Agenda 1/9/19 Documents


Contact Information


Alex Cole – 828-259-5638


Updated 6/10/2019