Local Historic Districts


Photo Credit: Tom Hauer
Historic district zoning can help to improve property values by stabilizing and enhancing the neighborhood's character, and it benefits property owners by protecting them from inappropriate changes by other owners that might destroy the special qualities of the neighborhood. Unlike landmark designations, local historic district designation has no effect on local property taxes for property owners within the designated district.
The purpose of the historic district overlay district is to maintain property values and encourage compatible reinvestment in the historic neighborhoods in Gastonia. It is not the intention of the historic districts to require the restoration of individual or original buildings or to impose architectural styles from particular historic periods.  When considering building alterations or new construction, the Historic District Commission encourages architectural design which is harmonious with the character of the historic district in which it is located.
The Commission reviews changes to the exterior portion of buildings, any structures (including but not limited to masonry walls, fences, light fixtures, satellite dish signal transmission equipment, steps and pavement, or other appurtenant features), signs, and other landscaping features within the district.  A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) must be secured prior to constructing, altering, moving, or demolishing structures.  A COA is required whether or not a building permit is required.
For more information on Local Historic Districts, see the links below:
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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)