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 Applications


Minor Work

Minor Work applications are reviewed by Planning/Historic Resources staff. Staff will refer Minor Work applications 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.

Major Work

Major Work applications are reviewed by the HRC at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. In general, Major Work applications typically include projects that 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


NEW: Submit your Minor or Major Work Application online via the Development Portal!

Digital Submittal Instructions & Requirements

Major & Minor Work Application Form (download to fill out digitally)


Applications may also be submitted in person or by mail to the permit center at the Development Services Department located at 161 South Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801.

Additional Forms & Documents:

New Construction Worksheet (Required for Major Work New Construction projects ONLY)

2021 HRC Meeting Schedule & Application Deadlines

2022 HRC Meeting Schedule & Application Deadlines


Notice: The next Historic Resources Commission meeting is scheduled for September 8, 2021. ***This meeting will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Please use the following instructions for participation:


Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) this will be a remote meeting which the public can access by any of the following means:   

  • Participate by phone: 855-925-2801 meeting Code 9384 (press *3 to enter the queue for public comment)
  • Watch online or
  • Pursuant to SL 2020-3, the quasi-judicial hearings set to be heard at this virtual meeting may only proceed if all parties with standing in each matter consent to the virtual meeting format. Property owners receiving this notice will be deemed to have consented to the virtual format unless they specifically notify City staff to the contrary, or appear at the hearing and formally object.

To learn more regarding this process or for additional information please contact our office at 828-259-5638



Agendas and Documents



September 8, 2021 Agenda September 8, 2021 Documents
August 11, 2021 Agenda August 11, 2021 Documents
July 14, 2021 Agenda July 14, 2021 Documents
June 9, 2021 Agenda June 9, 2021 Documents
May 12, 2021 Agenda May 12, 2021 Documents
April 14, 2021 Agenda April 14, 2021 Documents
March 10, 2021 Agenda March 10, 2021 Documents
February 10, 2021 Agenda February 10, 2021 Documents
January 13, 2021 Agenda January 13, 2021 Documents
December 9 2020 Agenda December 9, 2020 Documents
November 11, 2020 Agenda November 11, 2020 Documents
October 14, 2020 Agenda October 14, 2020 Documents
September 9, 2020 Agenda September 9, 2020 Documents
August 12, 2020 Agenda August 12, 2020 Documents
July 8, 2020 Agenda July 8, 2020 Documents
March 11, 2020 Agenda March 11, 2020 Documents
February 12, 2020 Agenda February 12, 2020 Documents
January 8, 2020 Documents January 8, 2020 Documents
December 11, 2019 Agenda December 11, 2019 Documents
November 13, 2019 Agenda November 13 , 2019 Documents
October 9, 2019 Agenda October 9, 2019 Documents
September 11, 2019 Agenda September 11, 2019 Documents
August 14, 2019 Agenda August 14, 2019 Documents
July 10, 2019 Agenda July 10, 2019 Documents



Contact Information


Alex Cole – 828-259-5638


Updated 8/24/21


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