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.

2022 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*). Please turn in all CoAs into the Building Department, on the fourth floor of City Hall, or submit them digitally to Caroline T. Swope, M.S.H.P., Ph.D. . 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 Decatur City Hall, in council chambers, which is located at 402 Lee Street NE Decatur, AL 35601. COA hearings begin at 4:00 P.M. The property owner or a representative of the property must be in attendance at the meeting. For more information, please contact (256) 341-4968 or Caroline T. Swope, M.S.H.P., Ph.D. . For HPC policies and procedures and design guidelines, please visit the Document Downloads section.


Meeting DateDeadline to Submit COA Application
January 13, 2022December 30, 2021
February 10, 2022January 27, 2022
March 10, 2022February 24, 2022
April 14, 2022March 31, 2022
May 12, 2022April 28, 2022
June 9, 2022May 26, 2022
July 7, 2022 June 22, 2022 *

Please note, the July 2022 meeting and corresponding submittal date have been moved one week to accommodate staff and commission training.
August 11, 2022July 28, 2022
September 8, 2022August 25, 2022
October 13, 2022September 29, 2022
November 10, 2022October 27, 2022
December 8, 2022November 23, 2022 *

(Moved from the 24th to the 23rd to accommodate City office closure for Thanksgiving)

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: Caroline T. Swope, M.S.H.P., Ph.D. .

RFP for Design Review Standards

Design Review Standards Grant Agreement

Designing Decatur 200 Years of Decatur’s Built Environment