A local historic landmark is an individual building, structure, site, or object, that has historical, architectural, archaeological, or cultural significance and integrity and has been recognized by official designation for its importance. There are seventy-five (75) historic landmarks within the jurisdiction of the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC.) The first step towards becoming a local landmark is for an applicant to complete a landmark application. If you are getting ready to do work on the exterior of your landmark property or its grounds, you will need to apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness, or “COA.” A COA is a type of permit that certifies that changes to a historic landmark or property in a local historic district are appropriate to the historic character of the property or district. Once a property is designated as a historic landmark or included in a local historic district, the exterior cannot be changed without a COA issued by the Wake County Historic Preservation Commission (WCHPC) for major works or by Capital Area Preservation (CAP) staff for minor works. COA applications are due thirteen (13) days before the monthly meeting of the WCHPC. The WCHPC meets on the second Tuesday of each month.


List of Wake County Historic Landmark Properties


Landmark Designation Q & A


Wake County Historic Landmark Application


Certificate of Appropriateness Q & A


Certificate of Appropriateness Application


2017 Major Work Certificate of Appropriateness Application Deadlines


Wake County Historic Preservation Ordinance


Wake County Design Guidelines


Wake County Historic Preservation Commission Strategic Plan 2017-2027