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.

2018 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 5:30 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 10, 2019December 27, 2018
February 14, 2019January 31, 2019
March 14, 2019February 28, 2019
April 11, 2019March 28, 2019
May 9, 2019April 25, 2019
June 13, 2019May 30, 2019
July 11, 2019June 27, 2019
August 8, 2019July 26, 2019
September 12, 2019August 29, 2019
October 10, 2019September 26, 2019
November 14, 2019October 31, 2019
December 12, 2019November 28, 2019

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.