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 11, 2018December 28, 2017
February 8, 2018January 25, 2018
March 8, 2018February 22, 2018
April 12, 2018March 29, 2018
May 10, 2018April 26, 2018
June 14, 2018May 31, 2018
July 12, 2018June 28, 2018
August 9, 2018July 26, 2018
September 13, 2018August 30, 2018
October 11, 2018September 27, 2018
November 8, 2018October 25, 2018
December 13, 2018November 29, 2018

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.