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.

2021 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 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) 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 14, 2021December 31, 2020
February 11, 2021January 28, 2021
March 11, 2021February 25, 2021
April 8, 2021March 25, 2021
May 13, 2021April 29, 2021
June 10, 2021May 27, 2021
July 8, 2021June 24, 2021
August 12, 2021July 29, 2021
September 9, 2021August 26, 2021
October 14, 2021September 30, 2021
November 10, 2021 *October 27, 2021
December 9, 2021November 24, 2021 *

* The regular November 2021 commission meeting should be on Veteran’s Day, but will be pushed up a day since the city offices are closed on November 11, 2021.  The regular December 2021 submission date should be November 25, 2021, but is moved back one day to accommodate 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 New Decatur-Albany Historic District

Federal Grant Agreement for Resurvey of  New Decatur-Albany Historic District

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