Historic Preservation Commission

Background and Purpose

The City of Decatur Historic Preservation Commission was established by City Ordinance Number 90-2882A Article II on February 5, 1990. The creation of locally designated historic districts subject to historic overlay zoning was mandated by residents of the Old Decatur and New Decatur/Albany Historic Districts to help maintain the integrity of these two National Register districts. The Historic Preservation Commission is a municipally-appointed board who by law review all building and demolition permits within the designated districts for appropriateness.

Decatur houses approximately 1,000 buildings and nearly 100 blocks of homes on the historical register.

2017 Meeting Dates and COA Submission Deadlines

Important Note: Per city ordinance, the deadline to submit a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) application and supporting documentation is fourteen (14) days in advance of the scheduled monthly meeting date. In the case where the COA deadline falls on a holiday, the COA deadline will be extended to the following Monday (see dates, if any, marked with an asterisk*). Failure to submit COA requests in a timely manner will result in the item not being included on the meeting agenda. The Decatur Historic Preservation Commission meets at the historic Union Depot located at 701 Railroad Street, Decatur, AL 35601. COA hearings begin at 7:00 P.M. The property owner or a representative of the property must be in attendance at the meeting. For more information, please contact 256-565-3788 or dbreland@decatur-al.gov . For HPC policies and procedures and design guidelines, please visit the Document Downloads section.

Meeting DateDeadline to Submit COA Application
January 12, 2017December 29, 2016
February 9, 2017January 26, 2017
March 9, 2017February 23, 2017
April 13, 2017March 30, 2017
May 11, 2017April 27, 2017
June 8, 2017May 25, 2017
July 13, 2017June 29, 2017
August 10, 2017July 27, 2017
September 14, 2017August 31, 2017
October 12, 2017September 28, 2017
November 9, 2017October 26, 2017
December 14, 2017November 30, 2017

The Historic Preservation Commission and Certified Local Government staff and board also serve as a resource and advocate for history and preservation efforts throughout the entire city.  For additional information and assistance please contact: David Breland , Program Coordinator.