State Historic Preservation Office
Guidelines for North Carolina's Certified Local Government Program*
III. Requirements for Certification
B. Local Legistlation
  1. The purpose of the historic preservation law shall be clearly stated and should be substantially similar to the language of the purpose clauses in the North Carolina enabling legistlation for historic preservation commissions (North Carolina G.S. 160A-400.1 through 160A-400.14).

  2. The law shall clearly define a process and criteria for historic district and/or historic landmark designation (G.S. 160A-400.4, 160A-400.5, and 160A-400.6).

  3. The law shall establish a commission which shall have the authority to review and render a binding decision upon all proposed alterations, relocations, demolition, and new construction within the boundaries of designated historic districts or which affect individually designated historic landmarks.

  4. The criteria upon which a commission reviews proposals for alteration and demolition shall be clearly set forth in the law and in design guidelines adopted by the commission. If the commission is a historic district commission, the law and guidelines shall also contain criteria for reviewing proposals for new construction.

  5. Decisions of the commission shall set forth the basis for their determination and shall be binding. Provisions for enforcing decisions and a right to appeal must exist in the historic preservation or zoning laws.

  6. The historic preservation law shall contain specific time limits within which the commission and the applicant shall act.
* Reproduced for the City of Washington Department of Planning and Development Website from the January 1992 revision of this document.
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