Historic Districts and Design Standards

Below is a list of designated Local Historic Districts, as well as National Register of Historic Places  in Asheville and Buncombe County. All properties located within the boundaries of a Local Historic District are subject to design review. Properties located within a National Register District are not subject to design review unless they are also located within a Local Historic District. Structures considered to be “contributing” as part of a National Register Historic District or are individually listed in the National Register may potentially qualify for Historic Preservation Tax Credits for rehabilitation projects. Click here for a comparison of Local Historic District designation and National Register designation. Click here to explore both types of designated resources via HPO Web (click on a resource to link to historic designation reports).


Local Historic Districts


Albemarle Park Historic District

Architectural Design Standards

Landscape Design Standards


Biltmore Village Historic District

Book 1 (General Design Standards & Policies)

Book 2 (Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings)

Book 3 (New Construction)

A-Frame Sign Standards

Biltmore Village Development Plan


Montford Historic District

Design Standards


St. Dunstan’s Historic District

Design Standards


Local Landmarks

Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation


National Register of Historic Places – Properties & Districts

Below is a list of National Register listed districts. You can view both the list and nominations for districts and indvidually listed properties, as well as read more information about the National Register program, via the NC HPO website.


Albemarle Park Historic District

Biltmore Village Historic District: Cottages & Commercial Buildings

Chestnut Hill Historic District

Clingman Avenue Historic District

Downtown Asheville Historic District & 2011 Boundary Increase

Grove Park Historic District

High Top Colony Historic District

Montford Area Historic District

Municipal Golf Course Historic District

Norwood Park Historic District

Oteen Veterans Administration Hospital Historic District

Proximity Park Historic District

Riverside Industrial Historic District

Sunset Terrace Historic District

West Asheville-Aycock School Historic District & 2014 Boundary Increase

West Asheville End of Car Line Historic District