Historic District Commission

The City of Gastonia has several locally zoned historic districts designated as such for their unique architecture and character, lot layout, development pattern, and historic significance. Within these districts, the Historic District Commission reviews alteration, restoration, construction, relocation, or demolition of properities based on the Unified Development Ordinance and Historic District Design Review Guidelines. A Certificate of Appropriateness is required for these activities prior to receiving a building permit.
The Historic District Commission meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 181 South Street, Gastonia, North Carolina.
The Gastonia Historic District Commission (hereafter referred to as the "Commission") is made up of seven (7) volunteers-residents within the City Limits of Gastonia appointed by the Gastonia City Council. The Commissioners serve three (3) year terms that are staggered to provide continuity.
The purpose of the Commission is to establish procedures for organizing the business of the Commission and processing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for: Any changes in the exterior appearance of existing buildings, structures, signs or appurtenant features; Construction or erection of new buildings, structures, signs or appurtenant features; and For moving or demolition of existing structures within the designated historic district.
The Commission is governed by the terms of the Historic District Ordinance as contained in the Unified Development Ordinance and by Article 19, Part 3C of G.S. Chapter 160A as they may be amended or revised.  The Commission's territorial jurisdiction for requiring Certificates of Appropriateness is mandated by the City of Gastonia's Unified Development Ordinance as delineated on the official zoning map.

The Planning Department is located at Garland Municipal Business Center at 150 S. York Street on the second floor.
Contact Information:
Garland Municipal Business Center
150 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC  28052
(PO Box 1748, Gastonia, NC  28053-1748)
704.854.6605 (office)
704.869.1960 (fax)

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