APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR A
CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS
North Carolina Law requires that you
obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness before you can obtain a building
permit or a demolition permit for intended material changes to a
designated Historic Landmark. This completed application must be submitted to:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission
2100 Randolph Road
Charlotte, N.C. 28207
Click here to see a video on the
Process. This video will walk you through the entire process.
Application Deadline: the
second Monday of each month at 4:30PM. (See schedule on
application. Please note, the Commission does not meet in July.)
Applicants who are
seeking Federal or State income tax credits for certified
rehabilitations should submit with this application a copy of the ruling
from the National Park Service or the North Carolina Division of Archives
and History that the plans accompanying this application meet the
Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
State and Federal Investment
Tax Credits that may be available for the rehabilitation of historic
here to read the details about Federal and State Tax Credits.
Please be advised that the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission uses the Secretary of
the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for
Rehabilitating Historic Buildings to determine whether an intended action
is appropriate or inappropriate.
here to read a copy of the Secretary of the Interior's Standards.
here to see local examples of how the standards have been applied.
You may print this application
and fill it out, or you may copy the application and paste it into a
Word document. Or you may click here to
access the application in a Word document.
Please make sure your application is
complete. Committee members need to understand exactly how the proposed
changes to the Historic Landmark will look or affect the property. Use the
checklist in the application to assure that you have included sufficiently
detailed information. We anticipate that you or your representative will
present your application to the Design Review Committee.
If you have any questions or
require special assistance, please contact us at 376-9115.
Does your pending project require a
Federal or State license, permit or approval? (circle one) Yes No
I, the undersigned, do hereby
apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the following project that
will materially alter an architecturally, historically, or culturally
significant feature of a designated Historic Landmark within the
jurisdiction of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
Name of Landmark:
Address of Landmark:
Are you the owner of the property?
(circle one) Yes No
If you are not the owner of the property,
has the property owner approved the proposed material alteration?
(circle one) Yes No
Tax Parcel Number (s) of the
Historic Landmark: _________________________________________
Please Note: All neighboring
property owners will be notified of the proposed project.
Mark the items below that best describe your intended actions.
Exterior Alteration: _____
Interior Alteration: _____
Addition or New Construction:
Other: _____ Please Explain:
Describe clearly and in detail
the nature of your project:
Attach additional sheets of descriptions,
drawings, photographs, maps, or any other graphic material
information which you deem necessary to describe the project.
Electronic files for all of the descriptive materials are welcomed. Use the
checklist attached to make sure your application is complete. Please be
advised that the Design Review Committee of the Historic Landmarks
Commission or the Historic Landmarks Commission itself may require you to
submit additional illustrative materials.
I understand that this
application must be returned to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic
Landmarks Commission, 2100 Randolph Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28207
no later than 4:30 P.M. on the date established as the deadline for the
meeting of the Design Review Committee at which the application shall be
considered (see attached schedule of meetings of the Design Review
Committee with appropriate deadlines).
Name of Applicant:
Telephone No. _____________
All electronic material can be sent to:
For any questions, contact the Historic
Landmarks Commission, at 376-9115.
The Commission's mailing address is:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission, 2100 Randolph Road,
Charlotte, N.C. 28207. If the application is hand delivered, use the
mail slot on the front door of the HLC Office.
Express Review Fee
$100,000 - $200,000
$200,000 - $500,000
$500,000 - $750,000
$750,000 - $1,000,000
$1,000,000 and up
+ $500/additional $500,000 value
+ $500/additional $500,000 value
The fee must be submitted with the
application in the form of a check made out to "Mecklenburg County."
Schedule of Meetings and
Applicable Deadlines for the Design Review Committee Of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission.
The Design Review Committee
Meetings begin at 8:00 am. Historic Landmarks Commission Meetings
begin at 6:00 pm. Applications must arrive at the HLC office no later than
4:30PM on the date of the applicable deadline.
Design Review Meeting
Express Review Application
Commission Meeting (Potential Final
note that the Commission has no meetings in July. The Design
Review Committee does not meet in December.
Express Review: An Express Review option is available for applicants who can not
meet the regular application deadlines. Under Express Review,
proposed projects are taken directly to the full
Landmarks Commission for consideration. Because the review
of projects by the Design Review Committee is extremely helpful in the
Commission's decision making process, it is strongly urged that all
projects go through the normal design review process if possible.
If applicants wish to have their projects considered under Express
Review, they are encouraged to submit the application as soon as
possible so that HLC Staff can properly prepare materials for the
Commission's consideration. Choosing the Express Review option
will in no way affect the eligibility of a proposed project for
Your Application Should Include
The Following Materials. The absence of any of the materials listed
below may invalidate your application.
1. A Written Description of the
project. Describe clearly and in detail the nature of your project.
Attach additional sheets of description as necessary to describe the
project completely. Include exact details for materials to be used (such
as the width of siding), and length of time estimated to complete the
2. For exterior
alteration, additions, and unattached new construction, a plan showing the
relationship of the buildings, additions, sidewalks, drives, trees, etc.,
to the property lines may be required. This plan does not have to be drawn to scale but
the measurements shown should be accurate. If
available, electronic JPEG or PDF files are welcomed.
3. Photographs of existing conditions, the area (s) in question for
change, etc. If printed, photographs should be labeled, giving
date the photograph was taken, the name of the Historic Landmark, and a
description of the area of the property included in each photograph.
JPEG files are welcomed. JPEG files should be given a descriptive
name. A key linking the images to a site or floor plan
may be required.
showing proposed work, giving accurate dimensions. These plans might
include floor plans and elevations. JPEG or PDF files are welcomed. If
submitting hard copies, include three copies of any plans or drawings.
Additional copies may be required.
5. A check (see fee
schedule) made out to
"Mecklenburg County. "
6. If you live in a local
historic district, you must also obtain a Certificate of Appropriateness
from the local historic district commission as well. For further
information on this subject, if you live in Charlotte, contact Wanda
Birmingham at 336-2302. If you live in Davidson, call the Davidson Town
Procedure For Presenting
Certificate Of Appropriateness Applications At Meetings Of The Design
At each monthly meeting, the
Design Review Committee schedules all Certificate of Appropriateness
applications that have been requested in that time period. It is extremely
important to proceed efficiently with the hearing of each application.
Individuals speaking before the Committee should keep the following
suggestions in mind:
1. Please be brief. Unless the
Committee votes otherwise, you will have a maximum of five minutes to
explain your application. The Committee will already be familiar with the site and
application request, and they will supply input during the review. The
Committee will ask questions to understand the issues and arrive at a
2. Avoid repetitious comments.
This is the most time-consuming problem for the Committee.
3. The Committee Chairperson will
attempt to move the hearing along efficiently.
The order of each case will be
A. All parties who plan to give
testimony, pro or con, are to notify the HLC office three working days
prior to the hearing by telephone or in writing. Sign the check-in page
when you arrive.
B. HLC Staff will open with a
background presentation for the project.
C. The appellant and Committee
may question the Staff at this time.
D. The appellant will be given up
to five minutes present his/her case.
E. The Committee may question the
F. The appellant may present
witnesses which will be subject to questioning.
G. Other parties wishing to
speak, pro or con, will be given up to three minutes to speak subject to
the Chairperson's discretion.
H. The Committee and the
appellant will be given an opportunity for rebuttal.
I. When necessary, the Committee
will have Staff visit the site and present their views to the
The Secretary Of The Interior's
Standards For Rehabilitation
1. A property shall be used for its
historic purpose or be placed in a new use that requires minimal change to
the defining characteristics of the building and its site and environment.
2. The historic character of a
property shall be retained and preserved. The removal of historic
materials or alteration of features and spaces that characterize a
property shall be avoided.
3. Each property shall be
recognized as a physical record of its time, place, and use. Changes that
create a false sense of historical development, such as adding conjectural
features or architectural elements from other buildings, shall not be
4. Most properties change over
time; those changes that have acquired historic significance in their own
right shall be retained and preserved.
5. Distinctive features,
finishes, and construction techniques or examples of craftsmanship that
characterize a historic property shall be reserved.
6. Deteriorated historic features
shall be repaired rather than replaced. Where the severity of
deterioration requires replacement of a distinctive feature, the new
feature shall match the old in design, color, texture, and other visual
qualities and, where possible, materials. Replacement of missing features
shall be substantiated by documentary, physical, or pictorial evidence.
7. Chemical or physical
treatments, such as sandblasting, that cause damage to historic materials
shall not be used. The surface cleaning of structures, if appropriate,
shall be undertaken using the gentlest means possible.
8. Significant archeological
resources affected by a project shall be protected and preserved. If such
resources must be disturbed, mitigation measures shall be undertaken.
9. New additions, exterior
alterations, or related new construction shall not destroy historic
materials that characterize the property. The new work shall be
differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with the massing,
size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity
of the property and its environment.
10. New additions and adjacent or
related new construction shall be undertaken in such a manner that if
removed in the future, the essential form and integrity of the historic
property and its environment would be unimpaired.
Please follow as closely as
possible the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and
Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings standards and issues.