Application Forms and Procedures

What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?

A Certificate of Appropriateness (CA) is a permit issued by the Historic Resources Commission indicating that in the opinion of the Commission and/or Historic Resources staff any proposed work is consistent with the design review guidelines for a given historic district. A CA is required for all proposed work on the exterior of a structure, alterations of a streetscape or landscape, all work that may affect archaeological resources, and all new construction proposed within a historic district.

A property owner who is considering any alterations to their property should contact Historic Resources staff regarding the design review process for properties located within a local historic district or designated as local landmark: (828) 259-5638.


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, don't meet the 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, roof replacement and minor building repairs.

Minor Work Application

Major Work

Major Work projects are reviewed by the Historic Resources Commission at their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. In general, major work projects involve a change in the appearance of a structure and/or site that are 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 new 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 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.

HRC 2019 Meeting Schedule

Major Work Documents
Major Work Application
Major Work Application Checklist
New Construction Worksheet - required for New Construction projects ONLY

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

2018-2019 Development Services Fee Schedule - effective July 1, 2018

Contact Information

Historic Resources Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County

Stacy Merten, Director
Office: 828-259-5836

Alex Cole, Historic Resources/Planner I
Office: 828-259-5638

Location: Asheville City Hall, Fifth Floor, 70 Court Plaza
Mailing address: P. O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802