The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was established as a historic review board under Code of Virginia § 15.2-2306. The HPC has the power and duties under the Zoning Ordinance to review and decide on applications for Certificates of Appropriateness in the Historic Districts, to advise on the creation of new Historic Districts, and to adopt, and amend from time to time, standards and guidelines for implementing the standards established by City Council for the issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness in the Historic Districts.
The Historic Preservation Commission will provide consistent deliberations on requests to alter historic structures within the historic Cradock, Olde Towne, Park View, Port Norfolk and Truxtun neighborhoods. They will be sensitive to each request and will ensure that each decision is reflective of local building standards and the Secretary of Interiors Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.
Properties within the designated Historic Districts are subject to the Historic District Guidelines for that specific district. Click here to find more information about the Historic Districts.
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required for most improvements that modify the exterior appearance of a site. Review by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is required for COA applications that cannot be administratively approved.