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Last Updated: 2021-03-09

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** COVID-19 UPDATE - Please Read **

City Hall, including Planning and Preservation in Room 510, is closed to the public until further notice, but communication with staff is possible via email at or by telephone at 804-646-6335. New applications for certificates of appropriateness can be submitted via email or via Microsoft OneDrive. For information on how to register and use Microsoft OneDrive, click here. A fillable PDF application is available here:

Limited review of applications will continue by staff.

Please refer to the city’s legislative calendar for information on meeting cancellations:

For addition information on the response to the COVID-19 outbreak for Permitting and Inspections please refer to this webpage:

The City of Richmond Online Permit Portal (OPP)

  • Customers can register, apply for plans, and search permits using the Online Permit Portal link.
  • More information on registering and utilizing the Online Portal can be found on the OPP web page.

C.A.R. Additional Requirement

  • For a Certificate of Appropriateness, the Commission of Architectural Review requires 1 (one) hard copy of the application and plans to be submitted to Room 510 of City Hall and one digital copy.

CAR - Fees - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are fees being charged now?

    Planning and Preservation has been the only division within the Department of Planning and Development Review that has not charged for applications. The fees established by City Council will help to cover costs associated with reviewing and processing applications, including public notification requirements and staff time.

  • Are there fees for all projects?

    No. Applications that can be administratively approved by staff and conceptual reviews will not be charged a fee. In general applications that require fees include new construction including additions and accessory buildings, changes to approved plans, extensions to Certificates of Appropriateness, and full demolitions.

  • Does my application require a fee?

    The fee schedule for applications for Certificates of Appropriateness can be found below. For questions regarding fees for specific applications please contact Planning and Preservation staff.

  • How do I pay the fee?

    Applicants will receive an invoice through the City's Online Permitting Portal (OPP). Invoices can be paid with a credit card. Visa, Master Card, or Discover are accepted. For more information please see the OPP User Guide, available on the City's website. Use this link to register for the OPP:

  • When are fees due?

    Once a complete application has been received, applicants who have pre-registered for the OPP will receive an email directing them to an invoice in the OPP. Invoices must be paid before an application can be scheduled for a Commission meeting. Incomplete applications will not be invoiced and will be returned to the applicant.

  • How can I prevent a delay in scheduling my application for Commission review?

    Billing contacts must be registered for the OPP prior to receiving an invoice. We recommend registering for the OPP prior to submitting an application. Applicants that have not pre-registered for OPP will be contacted by staff. Incomplete applications cannot be invoiced or scheduled for review. Staff is happy to informally review applications for completeness prior to the submittal deadline. Invoices should be paid as soon as they are received. If payment is not received, the application cannot be placed on the agenda.

  • What is the fee for the extension of a COA? Is this an on-going fee?

    No. This fee is generally for projects that have approval from the Commission but have not yet received permits and require additional review and coordination by staff.

  • Project Type


    Full Demolition


    New construction of or an addition to a building other than for a single-
    or two-family dwelling or accessory building, including multi-family
    or mixed-use developments


    New construction of or an addition to a single- or two-family dwelling,
    or accessory building


    Amendments to previous certificates of appropriateness concerning
    non-structural alterations, changes to signage, and changes to plans


    Extension of a certificate of appropriateness


CAR History

The Richmond Commission of Architectural Review (CAR) was established by City Council in 1957. The CAR is the city's official historic preservation body and is charged with reviewing all exterior changes to structures within the city's Old and Historic Districts and issuing Certificates of Appropriateness for those projects that it deems to be appropriate.

The CAR bases all its decisions generally on the Secretary of the interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Richmond Old & Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines (13.9 MB), adopted in 1999.

When a neighborhood organization or other applicable entity submits a nomination request, the CAR oversees the process for designation of Old and Historic Districts and makes a final recommendation for designation to City Council.

The CAR also assists and advises City Council, all city boards and departments, and property owners in matters involving historic resources relating to appropriate land use, zoning, and other issues.

Membership Composition

The CAR is composed of nine members appointed by City Council. Six of the members are citizens-at-large while the remaining three are appointed from a list of nominees from the the The American Institute of Architects Richmond (Virginia) Chapter, the Historic Richmond Foundation, and the Richmond Association of Realtors. At least one member of the Commission must reside within a City Old and Historic District.

The current members are as follows.

Members Affiliation
Mr. James Klaus, Chair Citizen-at-large
Mr. Neville C. Johnson, Jr., Vice-Chair                                     Richmond Association of Realtors                                    
Mr. Jason Hendricks Citizen-at-large
Mr. Sanford Bond, FAIA American Institute of Architects
Ms. Ashleigh Brewer Citizen-at-large
Mr. Mitchell Danese Citizen-at-large
Ms. Kathleen Morgan Citizen-at-large
Mr. Sean Wheeler Citizen-at-large
Mr. Lane Pearson Historic Richmond Foundation

To learn more about the members and their terms, click here or contact

    Secretary to the Commission of Architectural Review
    900 E. Broad St., Rm. 510
    Richmond, VA 23219
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    Phone: (804)646-6335

Meeting Information

The CAR meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, except in December when it meets on the third Tuesday. Special meetings are held as necessary. Unless otherwise indicated, all meetings are held in the 5th Floor Conference Room starting at 3:30 p.m.

The table below provides a list of meeting dates for the CAR and submission deadline dates for each meeting. Please click here to view the Legistar calendar in order to view meeting agendas and minutes.

Click here if you want to view agendas or minutes from previous year’s meetings.

2021 Meeting Dates
(Tuesdays unless noted otherwise)
Application Deadlines
(Friday at 12 noon unless noted otherwise)
January 26th                                                         December 28th * ( Monday at Noon )
February 23rd January 29th
March 23rd February 26th
April 27th March 26th
May 25th April 30th
June 22nd May 28th
July 27th June 25th
August 24th July 30th
September 28th August 27th
October 26th October 1st
November 23rd October 29th
December 21st November 29th * ( Monday at Noon )

To Determine if your Property is in a City Old and Historic District

To Determine if your Property is in a National Register Historic District


Additional Information

Both the Richmond Old and Historic Districts Handbook and Design Review Guidelines and a Certificate of Appropriateness Application can be downloaded. They can also be obtained by visiting the Planning and Preservation Division in Room 510 of City Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by calling (804)646-6335.

City Old & Historic District Maps

District Name
Barret House Belgian Building
Bolling Haxall House Boulevard
Broad Street Centenary United Methodist Church                        
Chimborazo Park Church Hill North
Crozet House Franklin St 00 Blocks EW
Franklin St 200 Block West                                 Franklin St West
Glasgow House Grace Street West
Hancock Wirt Caskie Henry Coalter Cabell
Hermitage Road Jackson Ward
Jefferson Hotel John Marshall
Joseph P Winston Leigh Street Baptist
Linden Row Mayo Memorial
Monument Avenue Norman Stewart
Old Stone House Pace House
Second Presbyterian Shockoe Slip
Shockoe Valley Springhill
St Andrews St Johns Church
St Pauls St Peters
Stonewall Jackson Union Hill
Valentine Museum Virginia House
White House of the Confederacy William Morien
Wilton Woodward House/Rocketts

Contact Information:

Commission of Architectural Review
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-6335
Fax: (804)646-5789
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